Donald Trump’s transition team have asked for a list of every employee and contractor that is involved with the Department of Energy brokering any international climate meeting in the last 5 years. The Washington Post reported this on Friday. This request is a part of a questionnaire that has 74 questions that the transition team has asked that officials in the Energy Department to fill out.
The Post noted that one department official called this questionnaire “unusually intrusive” about “which programs within the DOE are essential to meeting the goals of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan” as well as questions about the social cost of carbon, which is a metric the Obama administration has used to decide “the benefits of regulations and initiatives that lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions.”
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Together with Trump’s environment policy proposals as well as his past remarks on climate change, The Washington Post stated that the questionnaire “provides the clearest indication yet of how Trump’s administration would begin to dismantle specific aspects of President Obama’s ambitious climate policies.” Stanford climate and energy researcher Rob Jackson said “My guess is that they’re trying to undermine the credibility of the science that the DOE has produced, particularly in the field of climate science.”
Officials of the Department supposedly have not as yet made a decision on how to address these question particularly relating to its climate activities.
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