Trump & the Climate Change Deniers

By Kristen Johnson

President-Elect Trump has decided on Myron Ebell to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ebell is a known climate change denier, who has argued for opening up more federal lands for oil and gas exploration, logging, and coal mining. Mr. Ebell is not a scientist. He has publicly criticized President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and he has urged the Senate to reject an international climate accord which was signed last year in Paris. (Washington Post).

It’s difficult to know what to do to protest such an appointment, because cabinet positions are literally appointed – no voting from the people, etc. Our best course of action seems to be to protest Mr. Ebell loudly and often to make his job difficult. And, of course, we can protest every decision he makes that harms the environment (which seems to be everything at this point).

Although there have been many protests over the past week about Mr. Trump’s election, we aren’t seeing any protests against this appointment from the environmental agencies. Where is Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Sierra Club? If they begin to stage protests, I would certainly get out my picket sign and peacefully protest in my city. What can my course of action be?

  • Contact Greenpeace about vocally protesting this appointment. They have action alerts about the pipeline, fracking, etc., but nothing about this appointment. http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/
  • Contact the Environmental Defense Fund about vocally protesting this appointment. Similar to Greenpeace, they have action alerts for smog pollution, dirty energy, oil and gas pollution, etc. but nothing about Mr. Ebell. https://www.edf.org/fight-global-warming.
  • Contact the Sierra Club about vocally protesting this appointment. Their website does indicate that we need to “fight back against Trump” (that’s an excellent start) but nothing again about Mr. Ebell. http://www.sierraclub.org.

Next up is to fight against Mr. Ebell’s upcoming policies, which we can assume at this point will only protect the polluters’ pocketbooks, and will harm the environment. Write letters to congressional representatives. (I do it all the time, and it is not difficult in the least.) Live environmentally friendly in your own life – reduce/reuse/recycle, use renewable energy, and refuse to purchase items from companies who do not make goods with strict environmental controls.

Lastly, remember that there really are people out there who choose not to “believe” in climate change. Educate, educate, educate.

Science on climate change isn’t a lie – just a quick look at NASA’s website will tell you just a bit about rising sea levels, global temperature rise, warming oceans, declining ice sheet and sea ice, extreme weather events, acidification of the oceans, and decreased snow cover.

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. (NASA).

It’s time to protest Mr. Ebell’s appointment. It’s time to take a stand for what is right. Protect the earth because it’s the only one we have.

Psalm 124: 25-30 (NRSV): 25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. 26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. 27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season; 28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. 29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 When you send forth your spirit,[a] they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

Serve all with love.

Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/jerm182

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7 thoughts on “Trump & the Climate Change Deniers

  1. Kristen – I hear you. This is a ‘call to action.’
    This morning I sent the following letter to all three agencies.
    I too write my local politicians regularly. Others may find this form letter of assistance in writing their own.
    I may be a bit cynical in the expression of my points, but these people do not understand nicety.
    Firmness is required to jolt these people out of their comfortable coziness.
    I have used much of your post in my response to these three organisations.
    Thank you for your compassionate leadership
    Ivan
    ********************************

    Dear ____________

    I had a look at your website today.
    I am an Australian.

    I don’t see much there that is cutting edge – just populist stuff that we are tired of hearing about, and the endless requests for money, money, money.

    I declined to join you, despite the pop-up box attempting to lure me to do so.
    Why?
    Because you are an organisation which is supposed to be showing leadership on the true issues, yet you are deafeningly silent on the story du jour: the appointment by Donald Trump – the president-elect of the USA – of Myron Ebell, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Ebell is a known climate change denier who has argued for the opening up of more federal lands for oil and gas exploration, logging and coal mining.

    Mr Ebell is NOT a scientist. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen-house!

    If _____________ really had the interests of the environment front and centre, they would feature this news item squarely on their website front page.

    Nope! Nothing at all about it.
    Just requests for money.

    Where is your leadership?
    Where is your heart really, in this matter?

    I suggest you really do need to look at who is steering your ship here.
    The ___________ really does need to have a fire lit underneath the seats of management and committee members, so that they get their noses back on the trail of their mission statement.

    Have you heard of Myron Ebell?

    If not, then someone in ______________ needs to wake up and take a look at what is happening.

    If so, then why are we not seeing action and protest?
    Why are we not getting leadership on this vital issue?

    No, the _____________ has gone to sleep.
    And I do not feel it is something I would want to belong to.
    And to be honest, I don’t think you would really want me as a member either.
    I would wake you up and get you out of your comfort zone so fast your heads would spin, and some would roll.

    Is the ______________ just a bloated, top-heavy bureaucracy today, with no real mission, other than to hold board meetings and worry about golf-club memberships for its board members?

    Yours faithfully

    ……………………………………

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    1. Ivan – thank you so much for taking the time to send me this letter! It’s absolutely perfect and I’m so glad that you sent it on to the agencies I’ve suggested. I have also sent them letters, with the hope that if they hear from enough of us, they’ll start to do something about it. And, truly, I absolutely will join in local protests, if they only have them! Let’s hope some of this activism starts to land on listening ears…….

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Rather like assigning the Fox the job of guarding the Henhouse, Trump has named climate change denier Myron Ebell to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. While the EPA is technically not a Cabinet department, the administrator is normally given cabinet rank, and it seems likely that Mr. Ebell will be named administrator of the EPA on January 20th, when the transition is complete and Trump becomes … well, you know. I had planned to write a post about this latest, disturbing appointment, but in the course of trying to catch up on reading friends’ blogs last night, I discovered that a fellow blogger, Tug of Faith, had beat me to it. She has written an excellent piece, including some suggestions for how we might voice our protests of Ebell’s proposed policies. Please, if you care about our planet and its future, take a minute to read Kristen’s post, as I think it has value.

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