On Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a panel which called itself “Fake climate news camouflaging an anti-capitalist agenda—and what President Trump plans to do about it,” made some pretty interesting claims about the environmental movement.
The panel was organized by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, which is a group completely funded by the coal industry.
According to this panel, the only goal of environmentalism is to obtain more power, climate change is “fake news,” air pollution doesn’t kill anyone, recycling is “pretty useless,” and the government corrupts science by “paying for the science it wants.”
There’s a lot to unpack there, I know.
But it’s not all just a bunch of right wing bluster; the Energy and Environment Legal Institute’s legal counsel, David Schnare, is on Trump’s team for the EPA.
The full panel discussion can be watched here. It’s pretty brutal.
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