Donald Trump has previously declared that there would be a place in his cabinet for Sarah Palin. Trump’s justification for giving such an uneducated, inexperienced person such an important job was the number of Facebook followers! Trump said:
“She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,” he continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.) Now that Trump has been elected President,he is focusing on his appointments for his cabinet. He is considering Sarah Palin for Interior Secretary.
Trump, the anti-establishment candidate, is already doing the same thing he complained about during his campaign. He is seriously considering appointment of those who supported him during the campaign, rather than those who are most competent to fill a position. Sarah Palin is the perfect example of appointment of political allies instead of the most competent people.
The U.S. Department of the Interior “uses sound science to manage and sustain America’s lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources, honors our nation’s responsibilities to tribal nations, and advocates for America’s island communities.” “As keepers of our nation’s legacy, we manage the resources in our care to benefit Americans now and in the future.” The current Interior Secretary is Sally Jewell.
Secretary Jewell has said: “Every day, I think about this phrase: ‘We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.’
“My job is to take the long-view.”
As Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 567 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. Sarah Palin has no experience managing significant numbers of employees. Her most recent jobs requried her to read a script.
Compare Jewell’s experience with Palin’s. Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). Jewell joined REI as Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and was named CEO in 2005. During her tenure, REI nearly tripled in business to $2 billion and was consistently ranked one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine. Before joining to REI, Jewell spent 19 years as a commercial banker, first as an energy and natural resources expert and later working with a diverse array of businesses that drive our nation’s economy. Trained as a petroleum engineer, Jewell started her career with Mobil Oil Corp. in the oil and gas fields of Oklahoma and the exploration and production office in Denver, Colo. where she was exposed to the remarkable diversity of our nation’s oil and gas resources. Her degree is in mechanical engineering, and she actually worked on components for the Alaska Pipeline.
Trump probably thinks that Interior Secretary would be a good place to park Sarah Palin since he doesn’t believe protecting the environment is important. He has called human-caused climate change a “hoax.” He has vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form.” With Trump at the helm, the world may have no way to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming, including rising sea levels, extreme droughts and food shortages, and more powerful floods and storms. Mr. Trump has already vowed to “cancel” last year’s Paris climate agreement, which commits more than 190 countries to reduce their emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution, and to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Obama’s domestic climate change regulations.
“If Trump steps back from that, it makes it much less likely that the world will ever meet that target, and essentially ensures we will head into the danger zone,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which produces global reports on the state of climate science. His appointment of Sarah Palin as Interior Secretary would signal the inevitability of that disaster.
Scientific reports released over the last two years have concluded that the measurable warming of the planet because of human activities has already begun. This year is on track to be the hottest on record, blasting past the previous records set in 2015 and 2014. Yet, Sarah Palin believes that climate change is a hoax. She differs from 97% of scientists.
- Average sea level is expected to rise 1 – 4 feet before the end of this century – and perhaps as much as 6.6 feet (if, as some models predict, the rate of ice melting from Greenland and Antarctica increases).
- In 1910 Glacier National Park was home to more an estimated 150 glaciers. That number has now shrunk to less than 30. This national park is expected to eventually lose all its glaciers. This is only one example of glacial melt that is occurring all over the world.
- The current pace of global average temperature rise puts approximately 25 to 35 percent of plant and animal species at increased risk of extinction.
- Rain forest destruction contributes to climate change. That’s because trees store carbon dioxide as they grow. Clearing and burning forests releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
- The world’s coral reefs are in the midst of a global mass die off. The coral bleaching event could destroy 5 percent of all reefs. This is extremely detrimental to the already diminished coral population that took a massive hit during the 1998 El Nino.
Even bacteria in the oceans are growing and posing an increased risk to human health as waters heat up.
Climate change is not a future problem, but rather one that we are actively dealing with. Surprise, surprise: Last month was the hottest August ever recorded, marking the 11th straight month that global heat records have been shattered, according to NASA data. August had a global average surface temperature of about 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit above average, NASA said. It also tied with July as the warmest month ever recorded since record-keeping began in 1880.
Global warming is ALREADY CAUSING:
More frequent and severe weather
Higher death rates
Higher wildlife extinction rates
More acidic oceans
Higher sea levels
Two days ago we were faced with the unimaginable reality that Donald Trump would be the next President of the United States. After two days in mourning, we had convinced ourselves that our country would survive four bad years, and we’d make sure it never happened again. However if Sarah Palin is appointed to protect the environment of America, and thereby planet earth, we may never recover. We can’t laugh about the stupidity of Sarah Palin any longer. We must speak out today! Call your Republican Senators and Representatives and implore them to use any powers of persuasion they might have with Donald Trump. Please don’t entrust the future of our planet to Sarah Palin.