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Trump Team and USRTK: Two peas in a pod

Trump Team and USRTK: Two peas in a pod

We’re all familiar with US Right to Know, (USRTK)  the group that is abusing FOIA to go after scientists they disagree with regarding GMOs. Well, check this out.  The Washington Post reports:

The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking officials there to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output.

The questionnaire requests a list of those individuals who have taken part in international climate talks over the past five years and “which programs within DOE are essential to meeting the goals of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.”

The questionnaire, which one Energy Department official described as unusually “intrusive” and a matter for departmental lawyers, has raised concern that the Trump transition team was trying to figure out how to target the people, including civil servants, who have helped implement policies under Obama.

Remind you of anybody?

I wish the universities that caved to USRTK would have reacted like the DOE:

The Department of Energy received significant feedback from our workforce throughout the department, including the National Labs, following the release of the transition team’s questions. Some of the questions asked left many in our workforce unsettled,” said Eben Burnham-Snyder, a department spokesman. “Our career workforce, including our contractors and employees at our labs, comprise the backbone of DOE (Department of Energy) and the important work our department does to benefit the American people. We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department.

“We will be forthcoming with all publically-available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team.” Burnham-Snyder’s email had the last sentence in boldface for emphasis.

The Post also quoted Rep. Steny H. Hoyer:

 “I am alarmed by the questionnaire sent by the Trump transition team to the Department of Energy seeking the names of career civil servants who have worked on climate change policy,” said Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the second ranking Democrat in the House. “This raises serious concerns as to the motivation of such a request and raises questions of possible retribution for following President Obama’s policies.” (my emphasis)

My new podcast: Mr. Haney’s Truck

My new podcast: Mr. Haney’s Truck

MrHaneysemptytruck

So, I decided to create a podcast which is totally different than this blog. It will be wide ranging conversations from the curious to the kooky to the actually sane. I am working on getting it up on iTunes and getting the blog to resolve correctly, so because I want it up and out, I have posted the first episode on YouTube and here.

I’m new to the whole audio thing and haven’t sat behind a microphone in decades. There are some audio issues involving volume in this first episode and I am always open to helpful hints and criticism.

The first episode is the first part of a two-part conversation with New York City novelist Arthur Nersesian whose 11 books use NYC as a backdrop. We are old friends and he agreed to be the guinea pig for this first episode. The second part will be uploaded next Sunday Nov. 22nd.

I have a feeling it might freak some people out who like this blog since some episodes, which I have planned are going to talk about stuff that is, is well, can we say, “high strangeness?”

When it all gets sorted out the podcast site will be www.mrhaneystruck.com

 

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