Tran­si­tion team seeks names of En­ergy em­ploy­ees

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The Wash­ing­ton Post

The Trump tran­si­tion team has is­sued 74 ques­tions for the En­ergy De­part­ment, ask­ing of­fi­cials there to iden­tify which em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors have worked on forg­ing an in­ter­na­tional cli­mate pact as well as do­mes­tic ef­forts to cut the na­tion’s car­bon out­put.

The ques­tion­naire re­quests a list of those in­di­vid­u­als who have taken part in in­ter­na­tional cli­mate talks over the past five years and “which pro­grams within DOE are es­sen­tial to meet­ing the goals of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Cli­mate Ac­tion Plan.”

The ques­tion­naire, which one En­ergy De­part­ment of­fi­cial de­scribed as unusu­ally “in­tru­sive” and a mat­ter for de­part­men­tal lawyers, has raised con­cern that the Trump tran­si­tion team was try­ing to fig­ure out how to tar­get the peo­ple, in­clud­ing civil ser­vants, who have helped im­ple­ment poli­cies un­der Obama.

The memo pro­vides the clear­est in­di­ca­tion yet of how Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion would be­gin to dis­man­tle spe­cific as­pects of Obama’s am­bi­tious cli­mate poli­cies. Thou­sands of sci­en­tists have al­ready signed pe­ti­tions call­ing on the pres­i­dent-elect and his team to re­spect sci­en­tific in­tegrity and re­frain from sin­gling out re­searchers whose work might con­flict with the new ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pol­icy goals.

The ques­tion­naire also ap­peared to take aim at the na­tional lab­o­ra­to­ries, which op­er­ate with a high de­gree of in­de­pen­dence but are part of the En­ergy De­part­ment. The ques­tion­naire asked for a list of the top 20 salaried em­ploy­ees, the labs’ peer-re­viewed pub­li­ca­tions over the past three years, a list of their pro­fes­sional mem­ber­ships, and the web­sites they main­tain or con­trib­ute to “dur­ing work hours.”

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