Trump Administration: a climate denier for the EPA, a Goldman-Sachs banker for Treasury

Donald Trump, who once claimed that climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese has indicated that his EPA transition team will be led by Myron Ebell, who claims that accession to the Paris Climate Accord is unconstitutional, that global warming is "modest" and "nothing to worry about" and even that "a warming trend would be good for other people" because "more people die from blizzards and cold spells than from heat waves."

Politico reports that Trump is "seriously considering" Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury; Mnuchin worked for Goldman Sachs for 17 years and now runs a hedge fund. Trump earlier stated that Mnuchin would be his pick for Alexander Hamilton's old job. Mnuchin also ran Trump's campaign finance team.

No word yet on whether Mnuchin will get Trump any $250,000 speaking gigs with Goldman Sachs.

Trump’s handpicked EPA transition team leader is bad news for Miami—and the planet [Josh Baumgard/Curbed Miami]

Meet Trump's Cabinet-in-waiting [Nancy Cook and Andrea Restuccia/Politico]

(Image: Forest Fire, Cameron Strandberg, CC-BY)

(Thanks, CB!)

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  1. daneel says:

    What's the opposite of a government of the talents?

    A confederacy of dunces?

  2. Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry... from a basket of deplorables to a bowl of mixed nuts.

  3. I wonder if his supporters, moved by his "anti-establishment" argument will have some buyers remorse now that he might put in a Goldman-Sachs guy? I mean, isn't this part of what they were pissed off about? The cozy relationship between the "moneyed" class and the government?

  4. Felton says:

    Trump told them he was going to fix the system. It's not his fault they assumed the wrong definition of "fix."

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