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I guess my optimism was short lived. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. From the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling Mr. Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the E.P.A. itself.
Mr. Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, actions that fit with the president-elect’s comments during the campaign. Mr. Trump has criticized the established science of human-caused global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the Paris accord committing nearly every nation to taking action to fight climate change, and attacked Mr. Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “war on coal.”
Mr. Pruitt has been in lock step with those views.
Trump seems to be going through the motions of creating some false hope for liberals, but all of his picks for advisors and cabinet posts have us shaking our heads. He is following his real authoritarian traits and going down the Bannon path. No hope.