Reprisals Against DOE Scientists

In my previous posts on the DOE I remarked on all the DOE employees whose hair was catching on fire because the Trump Transition Team asked them if they worked on a particular program. They refused, saying it was harassment of scientists and interference with scientific freedom. As a result, I had to laugh at the new Report of…


The Bogus Cost Of Carbon

[See update at the end] From the New York Times a while back: In 2010, 12 government agencies working in conjunction with economists, lawyers and scientists, agreed to work out what they considered a coherent standard for establishing the social cost of carbon. The idea was that, in calculating the costs and benefits of pending…


How a Department Resists a Businessman

In a previous post, How a Businessman Takes Over A Government Department, I discussed just that question. In this case it’s the Department of Energy (DOE). As a part of the 74 questions posed in the memo from the Trump Transition Team to the DOE, there were a couple of questions that obviously set people’s hair on fire.…


How a Businessman Takes Over A Government Department

Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy. They describe it in breathless terms in an article entitled “Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings”.