The Department of Energy responded to Donald Trump’s transition team after it instructed the agency to hand over the names of all of its contractors and employees who have worked on key climate policies under President Obama.
“The Department of Energy received significant feedback from our workforce throughout the department, including the National Labs, following the release of the transition team’s questions. Some of the questions asked left many in our workforce unsettled,” Energy Department Spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “Our career workforce, including our contractors and employees at our labs, comprise the backbone of DOE (Department of Energy) and the important work our department does to benefit the American people. We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department.”
“We will be forthcoming with all publically-available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team,” Burnham-Snyder added.
Meanwhile, scientists are scrambling to copy climate data before Trump takes the oath and potentially tosses it out.
During Donald Trump’s campaign, the alleged billionaire vowed to “cancel” the Paris climate accord, which was negotiated by representatives of nearly 200 countries.
There’s a lot at stake here with Trump coming into power:
Trump vowed during his campaign to reverse environmental protections and approve more pipelines and oil and gas drilling. In 2012, Trump falsely stated on Twitter that, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
Trump is a conspiracy theorist and now, he wants to make a list of employees. That gives us an idea of what’s to come. He’s a petty and vindictive man. One only has to look at his Twitter timeline to see that.
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