Guest post by David Middleton
A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO.
Employees of DOE’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy learned of the ban at a meeting Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump signed an executive order at EPA headquarters to reverse most of former President Barack Obama’s climate regulatory initiatives. Officials at the State Department and in other DOE offices said they had not been given a banned words list, but they had started avoiding climate-related terms in their memos and briefings given the new administration’s direction on climate change.
News of the DOE office’s word ban drew criticism from one green group.
“What exactly is this office supposed to call itself now? The international C****** office? Ignoring the climate crisis will not make it go away, will not create jobs in the booming clean energy economy, and will not make our country great,” Liz Perera, climate policy director at Sierra Club, said in a statement.
Darius Dixon and Ben Lefebvre contributed to this report.
Setting aside the fact that it is truly idiotic for the Department of *Energy* to even have an office, department or bureau with the word “climate” in its name… The irony here is priceless.
The greatest governor in U.S. history is now the Secretary of the Department of… Ooops.
And the Department of Ooops now has an Office of International
Climate and Clean Energy.
Getting back to truly idiotic government things… Why does the *United States* Department of Energy have an *International* office of anything? Is the swamp really this deep?