US Energy Department denies list of climate change staffers to Trump Team
US Energy Department said it will not provide the list to Trump�s transition team. The department has over 90,000 staff who look into nuclear weapons maintenance and research labs, nuclear energy, advanced renewable energy, batteries and climate science
Reacting to US President-elect Donald Trump’s request to provide list of all climate staffers, US Energy Department said it will not provide the list to Trump’s transition team.
The Energy Department's decision could lead to cause major worry for Trump’s new team, reported Reuters on Tuesday. The department has over 90,000 staff who look into nuclear weapons maintenance and research labs, nuclear energy, advanced renewable energy, batteries and climate science, added Reuters.
Trump team, refused to comment on the decision by the department. The memo sent by the Department has 74 questions and it also requested to furnish the names of all employees and contractors who participated in the annual global climate talks by United Nations during last five years, revealed media.
Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder told media later that it will not comply to the request from Trump team.
"Our career workforce, including our contractors and employees at our labs, comprise the backbone of (the Energy Department) and the important work our department does to benefit the American people," Burnham-Snyder added.
Officials further added that it may, "left many in our workforce unsettled."
Andrew Rosenberg, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, agreed that the Energy Department, "made the right choice in refusing this absurd and dangerous request. Federal agencies need the best available science to respond to the growing risk of climate change."
Responding on the issue, Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman told media that the request, "could have been an attempt to target civil servants," including "scientists and lawyers and other experts who are critical to the success of the federal government's ability to make policy," reported Reuters.
Rick Perry, former Texas Governor has been named by Trump on Tuesday as secretary of the Energy Department. Perry is known as a climate change denier and his appointment has alarmed the environmentalists, who fear Trump administration might back fossil fuel lobby.