DOE Refuses To Name Employees Who Worked On Global Warming Programs

The Department of Energy won’t be handing over a list of employees who worked on global warming issues to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

“We will be forthcoming with all publically-available [sic] information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team,” agency spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder told Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson.

Bloomberg obtained a Trump transition team questionnaire sent to DOE officials. The news outlet reported Trump’s team wanted DOE “to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics.”

Union representatives and Democratic lawmakers flipped out at the news. Environmental activists joined in, even spreading a rumor that Trump would delete public climate change databases.

DOE has reassured employees it would not cooperate with the incoming administration on that point.

“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,” Burnham-Snyder said. “Some of the questions asked left many in our workforce unsettled.”

“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,” Burnham-Snyder said. “We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department.”

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    Amber

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    Actually DOE when your boss … the USA tax payer representatives ask for anything
    related to the workings and personnel of the DOE they have a right to it and you have the right to refuse then pack up your shit and hit the road.
    This is the fundamental problem with the EPA and the DOE they treat tax payers with outright contempt . Big mistake . What do they have to cover up any way ?
    In fairness all the senior people are going to be toast so a symbolic last stand is not
    unexpected .
    The gravy train of exotic all expense trips is over and that must be upsetting .
    Have fun flipping burgers .

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    amirlach

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    Eben Burnham-Snyder, the soon to be transferred “agency spokesman”, to the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, where he can study “cLIEmate UNchange” first hand…

    Better pack warm… LOL…

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    ninetyninepct

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    What an arrogant bunch of pricks. Could it be that Pres. Donald and staff might want to consult with those directly involved, drawing on their knowledge and expertise? They would do very well to NOT destroy or delete any information or “accidentally” erase hard drives. That information does NOT belong to them, it belongs to America. Damaging or destroying Government property might be considered treason. If the President of the United States wants to talk to a Government civil servant, he will. Refusal will end up with them wearing Clinton orange. Go ahead, refuse. The swamp is going to be drained.

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    Charles Higley

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    The DOE’s reluctance to provide information disappears when the new boss walks into the department. They certainly had be have those lists ready or they will have to put their names on the lost as well, the list for “Go find another job, you suck at this one” list.

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