Anthony Scaramucci Called Climate Science ‘Irrefutable’ Before He Worked for Trump

Samantha Page

Samantha Page Climate Reporter, ThinkProgress

After President Donald Trump repeatedly called climate change a “hoax” on the campaign trail, his administration has been clear that its policy will be to deny the overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing rapid climate change.

Now, it appears maintaining that denial is a prerequisite for working for the president, even if that stance doesn’t square with your previous views. So don’t expect new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to repeat anything like this tweet from last year, in which he referred to climate denial as “disheartening.”

 

In June of 2016, a month after he had announced that he would back then-candidate Trump, Scaramucci echoed those views in an interview with a financial outlet.

“The science of climate change is pretty much irrefutable at this point, and I find it tragic that so many people in this country believe global warming is some sort of elaborate hoax perpetuated by every credible scientist on the planet,” Scaramucci, a hedge fund founder, said. “In addition to the whole humanity angle, investing in sustainable energy makes sense from an American national security perspective.”

Scaramucci had offered similar comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier that year, saying that the world was moving to a renewables-based society. (The Trump administration has ridiculed clean energy and vowed to increase production of fossil fuels.) At the time, Scaramucci acknowledged that “most” Republicans “do not believe in climate change, but I do,” he said.

Scaramucci seems to have changed his tune on climate change sometime before he joined Trump’s transition team in January of 2017, because in December he appeared on CNN to offer the same convoluted and misleading message that much of the Trump administration has parroted over the past six months.

“I know that the current president believes that human beings are affecting the climate,” Scaramucci said on CNN’s New Day. “There are scientists that believe that that’s not happening.” When told that there is scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change, Scaramucci countered that “there was overwhelming science that the earth was flat and there was an overwhelming science that we were the center of the world.”

“We get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community,” said Scaramucci, who had appeared on CNN to defend the presidential transition team’s request for a list of staff members at the Department of Energy who had worked on climate issues.

“I’m not suggesting that we’re not affecting the change,” he concluded. “I don’t know, I’m not a scientist.”

It’s hard to square this kind of dramatic about-face on an issue that is so critical to humanity. To go from “the science of climate change is pretty much irrefutable” to “I don’t know, I’m not a scientist” shows an almost unbelievable change of stance — and it’s a troubling sign of the times. The United States is currently led by someone who has disregarded facts and science, but rather than standing up for science, fact, and humanity, his staff is adopting Trump’s own views.

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Reposted from ThinkProgress

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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