Category: Department of Energy

Analysis | The Energy 202: Rick Perry manages to unite oil, gas, wind and solar — against him

Analysis | The Energy 202: Rick Perry manages to unite oil, gas, wind and solar — against him

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

The fact is: Facts don’t matter to climate deniers

The fact is: Facts don’t matter to climate deniers:

“There’s just no reasoning with Perry’s kind of denial. After watching spats like this for more than a decade now, I’ve come to the realization that there is no graph, no chart, no international consensus statement, no engraved stone tablet lowered from heaven that could to convince someone who — by choice — refuses to believe a fact.”

Take action to stand up for FACTS, truth, and science today! 

Rick Perry loses his cool when confronted by Sen. Franken on climate science

Rick Perry loses his cool when confronted by Sen. Franken on climate science:

TAKE ACTION TO #STANDUPFORSCIENCE & FIGHT BACK. 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says CO2 is not the main driver of climate change

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says CO2 is not the main driver of climate change:

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Energy Department Closes Office Working on Climate Change Abroad

Energy Department Closes Office Working on Climate Change Abroad:

Excerpt:

The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month.

The 11 staff members of the Office of International Climate and Technology were told this month that their positions were being eliminated, according to current and former agency employees. The office was formed in 2010 to help the United States provide technical advice to other nations seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The small office also played a lead role preparing for the annual Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum in which the United States, China, India and other countries shared insights on how best to promote energy efficiency, electric vehicles and other solutions to climate change.

Word of the closing came right before Rick Perry, the energy secretary, attended the latest Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Beijing on June 6 to 8, agency employees said.

Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government

Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government:

“Zelikova’s experience mirrors a broader phenomenon. Many scientists felt threatened enough by Trump’s victory to abandon their usual detached objectivity. They wrote members of Congress to defend science funding and scientific advisory panels and used their knowledge of government research to protect data they feared could be erased from websites. They set up alternative Twitter sites for government agencies and planned and participated in protests.”

DOE freezes millions in high-tech energy grants and gags staff

DOE freezes millions in high-tech energy grants and gags staff:

Excerpt:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has stopped processing the paperwork on tens of millions of dollars in research that its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has agreed to fund.

DOE officials aren’t saying why they have taken this unusual step, dubbed a “no-contract action.” It went into effect earlier this month and affects more than a dozen projects across four new ARPA-E programs. The move, first reported by Politico Pro, includes a gag order on ARPA-E program managers, leaving investigators in the dark about the status of their grants. The resulting uncertainty is having a devastating impact on research teams, scientists say, and even threatens the viability of small companies for whom these major awards are so important.