“This year, the fossil fuel industry may top the list of Americans feeling most thankful. The election of Donald Trump not only promises to grant many of their fondest deregulation wishes, but it could also offer a potential Black Friday-like atmosphere on things like drilling leases and access to public lands.”
So began a fundraising pitch from Inside Climate News, a investigative journalism outfit starting from false premises to reach false conclusions.
The headlines from the same outfit in the same week were happy ones from a pro-consumer, pro-taxpayer, anti-coercion viewpoint.
How Much of Obama’s Climate Agenda Can Trump Undo With the Stroke of a Pen? by Sabrina Shankman
Here are 9 Obama Environmental Regulations in Trump’s Crosshairs by Marianne Lavelle
Donald Trump and Climate Change: Top 10 Ways He Could Reverse Progress by John H. Cushman Jr.
No carbon tax. No cap-and-trade. Department of Energy cuts. It sounds good to me–and the forgotten men and women of energy and the environment.
Inside Climate News continued their donation pitch:
Undoing all of President Obama’s environmental regulations won’t be as easy as a stroke of a pen, but his executive orders—Obama used a lot of them because he could not count on the support of Congress—are another matter. How much is a piece of the First Amendment worth to you? Telling the truth about the climate crisis is needed now, more than ever.
The first amendment? That will be fine without the CO2 police from the United Nations or from US EPA or from an angry Bill McKibben. The voluntary solution in the case of energy and climate is the right solution.
Another Agenda for ICN
So would one ICN’s investigative reporters get in trouble with the boss or donors for honestly pursuing one of these stories?
This revised agenda would be a welcome launch into 2017.