It’s incredibly difficult to know what will happen to the climate and the environment under the contradictory-filled future Trump administration.
After spending many years declaring climate change was a myth, a conspiracy, or a hoax, he decided to pick Myron Ebell, a non-scientist and climate change denier, as the head of his EPA transition team. This is the very same team that is now singing Pruitt’s praises.
Curiously though, Trump recently told the New York Times that there may be “some connectivity” between human action and climate change. He and his daughter Ivanka met with Al Gore shortly after signaling that she wanted to make climate change one of her signature issues. Although, it’s not yet clear whether she plans to take a denialist viewpoint or an accepting one. Trump and Ivanka also met with Leonardo DiCaprio yesterday. The actor is a well-known advocate of fighting climate change, even fronting his own climate change documentary, Before the Flood, which he presented a copy of to Ivanka.
Her father’s advisor to space science, one Bob Walker, has recently said that the administration will heavily defund NASA’s Earth Science programs. Along with Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman and the President-elect’s incoming chief of staff, Walker declared climate science as a lot of politically motivated baloney.
Now, with Pruitt’s nomination, it seems to be clearer than ever that Trump is willingly surrounding himself with those who simply do not care about climate change, despite the President-elect’s occasional conciliatory comments that seem to suggest otherwise.
This will all serve to make America unique, in that its governing body will be the only administration in the world that rejects the science of climate change – a form of American exceptionalism that few would be proud of.