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

Failing Bridges Hold Public Hostage

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) gave the public just a few hours’ notice before closing a major bridge in March, citing significant safety concerns.

The West Seattle Bridge functioned as an essential component of  the city’s local and regional transportation network, carrying 125,000 travelers a day while serving Seattle’s critical maritime and freight industries. Closing it was a huge blow to the city and its citizens. 

Yet neither Seattle’s struggle with bridge maintenance nor the inconvenience now facing the city’s motorists is unusual. Decades of neglect left bridges across the country crumbling or near collapse, requiring a massive investment to keep traffic flowing safely.

When they opened it in 1984, officials predicted the West Seattle Bridge would last 75 years.

But in 2013, cracks started appearing in the center span’s box girders, the main horizontal support beams below the roadway. These cracks spread 2 feet in a little more than two weeks, prompting the bridge’s closure.

And it’s still at risk of falling.  

The city set up an emergency alert system so those in the “fall zone” could be quickly evacuated if the bridge deteriorates to the point of collapse.

More than one-third of U.S. bridges similarly need repair work or replacement, a reminder of America’s urgent need to invest in long-ignored infrastructure.

Fixing or replacing America’s bridges wouldn’t just keep Americans moving. It would also provide millions of family-supporting jobs for steel and cement workers, while also boosting the building trades and other industries.

With bridges across the country close to failure and millions unemployed, America needs a major infrastructure campaign now more than ever.

 

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