Last week, someone from Donald Trump‘s transition team sent out a 74-question survey to the Department of Energy. It included a request for a list of the names of employees and contractors who had attended climate change conferences, as well as all materials and emails related to them.
By Robyn Pennacchia | Friendly Atheist
Given Trump’s history of climate change denial, and the fact that his pick to lead the EPA is climate change denier Scott Pruitt, this was viewed by some as an attempt to start a witch hunt for DOE employees who accept climate change, possibly for the purpose of firing them.
After this questionnaire was released to the New York Times by anonymous DOE employees, the Trump team disavowed it, claiming it was unauthorized and that the person who sent it out has since been “counseled.”
Speaking to this controversy on CNN’s New Day was Wall Street investor and Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci, who had some rather interesting things to say on the subject.
“I know that the current president believes that human beings are affecting the climate,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday on “New Day.” “There are scientists that believe that that’s not happening.”
“There was overwhelming science that the earth was flat and there was an overwhelming science that we were the center of the world,” Scaramucci added. “We get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community.”
Anthony, Anthony, Anthony — there was never any “overwhelming science that the earth was flat.” It was just what people believed until science proved them wrong. People also believed that the Earth rested upon a giant tree called Yggdrasil.