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Trump Transition Recommendations on Energy, the Environment and Education

My apologies, as I try to avoid bothering people over the weekend — however this is extremely important.

FYI I have some connections to the Trump transition team, and (as you can tell from news stories), things are moving along quite quickly.

I’ve made up a list of some major issues that need addressing, in the 3-E areas where I’m primarily focusing my efforts: Energy, Environment and Education.

Some of What Needs to Be Fixed in Three E’s

Energy

  1. Change national energy slogan to: “All of the Sensible”
  2. Terminate special renewable subsidies (e.g. PTC and ITC)
  3. Change grid rules that give wind and solar favorable treatment
  4. Cancel the “Clean Power Plan”
  5. Eliminate (or fundamentally change) NREL
  6. Constrain FERC’s unscientific bias towards renewables
  7. Fix the NDAA so that military has better protections from turbines
  8. Allow US nuclear plants to use reprocessed fuel
  9. Fast-track Thorium (LFTR) reactors as an energy source
  10. Fast-track Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as an energy source
  11. Approve Yucca Mt as an acceptable repository for used nuclear fuel
  12. End all ethanol subsidies and favoritism
  13. Seriously investigate Deep-Drilled Geothermal as an energy source

Environment

  1. Appoint a balanced Science Committee to hash out the AGW issue
  2. Challenge and reverse Supreme Court Massachusetts vs EPA case
  3. Make EPA’s basis for Endangerment Findings genuinely scientific
  4. Send the Paris Agreement to the Senate for ratification
  5. Eliminate the Sea Level Rise (SLR) provision in Biggert-Waters-12

Education

  1. Substantially revise Common Core (with focus on real Science)
  2. Pass a reasonable School Choice measure
  3. Do a much better job with Vocational Education
  4. Reduce federal funding to any college that politicizes Science

Across the Board on the 3 E’s

  1. All three of these federal agencies should be redefined and reduced
  2. Review all recent Executive Orders/Memoranda. Change as needed.
  3. Require that all technical policies be genuinely Science based
  4. Weaken the influence of lobbyists on legislators
  5. Reduce the reliance on computer models

Please review my draft version of this list and let me know:

  • Any suggested improvements/additions to the list, and
  • Any recommended people you have to head the DOE, EPA, or Dept of Ed.

I’ll update the list as new key items are forwarded, so periodically check it.

PS: As one of my teachers was fond of saying “I’m just a little clog in a big wheel” so what will result from all this is anyone’s guess. However, from what I’ve heard so far, I’m cautiously optimistic. I also believe that when faced with a problem, doing something is better than doing nothing.

PPS: As always, please pass this on to open-minded citizens, and on your social media sites. If there are others who you think would benefit from being on our energy & environmental email list, please let me know. If at any time you’d like to be taken off the list, simply send me an email saying that.

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