Department of Energy climate office reportedly can't use the phrase 'climate change'

James Marshall
April 1, 2017

On Wednesday Politico reported that a supervisor in the Department of Energy on Tuesday instructed staff to avoid using the phrases "climate change", "emissions reductions", and "Paris agreement".

Stealing a page straight out of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's playbook, the Trump administration has reportedly directed the only office within the U.S. Department of Energy with the word "climate" in its title not to use the phrase "climate change".

One source stated that seniors officials had warned staff that using those words could prompt Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to have a "visceral reaction".

Reversing Obama-era rules aimed at tackling global warming, his executive order seeks to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.

The governor added that the Trump administration's approach to climate change would prompt an activist movement comprised "of people who will not stand by and let Donald Trump effectively tear up the Paris agreement and destroy America's climate leadership and jeopardize the health and well-being of so many people". As the Politico report stated, The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy "plays a key role in US participation in the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation, two international efforts launched under Obama that was created to advance clean energy technology".

Perry, of course, is the former presidential candidate who didn't even remember that there was a Department of Energy, but he wanted to do away with it anyway back in 2011 - way back when he was trying to impress his Republican friends without saying anything too racist or sexist on national television (which is apparently totally OK now and can indeed get you elected president). Officials at DOE and the State Department told Politico they had not received a formal "banned words list", but were changing direction given the administration's openly hostile rhetoric on climate issues.

But the pattern has been clear since noon on January 20. Multiple climate-related reports vanished from U.S. State Department websites during the first week of Trump's presidency. Agency officials have denied that climate change terminology has been outright banned. He railed against the "so-called science" of climate change.

"I believe the climate is changing", he told Franken.

He may head a Cabinet department under the president, but Perry has in the past looked to a higher authority to solve climate problems. The drought did not relent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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