With the coming changes in Washington, with Republicans controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy and environmental policy. Given the president-elect’s campaign rhetoric, voters were led to believe change would be swift and impactful.
There would be an almost immediate reversal of decades of progress made in advancing technological development and creating new jobs, and spurring whole new industries to address environmental issues and a transition to a clean energy economy. Watching the nomination and appointments process for cabinet members and other executive branch leadership, there is a belief by many media outlets and pundits that we will see radical change and policy reversals roll out very quickly. While this is a possibility, we should look at the process and facts surrounding our democracy and transition of power in Washington before jumping to conclusions.
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