This one is a true win-win situation – America’s biggest state is planning a sneaky move to embarrass President Donald Trump and help uphold scientific integrity in the United States.
The Trump administration has been waging an unprecedented war on science and the environment by slashing resources and slapping strict restrictions on environmental protection and climate change research organizations. The workers who defend our natural resources say they feel like they’re under attack – either their jobs will soon be eliminated, or their jobs will be made so difficult that they won’t be able to get anything done.
In response, one of the most influential branches of the California state government is planning to recruit those defected federal workers to come work in California, where people actually support renewable energy.
[California Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Picker] decided to try to recruit demoralized EPA staffers, who are facing deep program cuts and controversial new leadership. The EPA’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, has a long record of opposing the agency’s work.
Picker hopes to entice them to work for a state government with one of the most ambitious climate goals in the country. California is looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The flyers pointed people to a webpage to sign up for more details.
Picker’s timing was good: The White House had just unveiled cuts of 31 percent to the agency’s budget, the smallest proposed budget in 40 years. In Michigan, Trump had announced his plan to roll back the EPA’s fuel efficiency standards for cars. And, any day now, the president’s executive orders gutting EPA’s climate change work are expected to be announced.
“I don’t agree with the president and certainly am not going to shy from an opportunity to give people good work to pursue their goals,” Picker told Mother Jones. He’s hoping to find a handful of DC-based federal workers willing to move west to work for the utility energy regulator and add some fresh insight and much-needed talent to the CPUC.
This is just one of the many ways that concerned citizens and public servants around the country are fighting back against the Trump administration.
American needs more brave patriots like this to stand up to the Trump administration in new and innovative ways.
If we don’t offer young scientists and green energy workers new opportunities, they will leave our country. America will be left without an educated workforce.
Kudos to California for this genius move.