Some observers are outraged over comments made yesterday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell when she said she hoped there are “no climate change deniers” at her agency.
Jewell made the statement yesterday during a sweeping town hall address to Interior employees in which she discussed the budget, resources, youth outreach programs, water, tribal relations and other topics. The agency is poised to take substantive action on climate change, she said, adding that doing so is not only a privilege but a moral imperative (E&ENews PM, July 31).
But the comments have drawn outrage from observers who are skeptical that climate change is caused by humans. The blog JunkScience.com posted a story about the comments under the headline “Scientific Cleansing.”
“It’s a way for the Obama administration to silence any internal critics,” said Marc Morano, publisher of the blog Climate Depot and a former Republican staffer on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “If you are a scientist, engineer or bureaucrat and you don’t buy the party line of a man-made climate crisis, this is a message you better keep your mouth shut or your career is going to be impacted.”
Marlo Lewis, a Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow, expressed similar concerns about the “chilling effect” Jewell’s comments could have on the agency.
“Only a few months on the job and Jewell already behaves like a self-righteous bully,” he wrote in a post on GlobalWarming.org. “A good swift dose of congressional oversight is in order. It might just keep the thought police from harassing climate dissenters at DOI.”