US Department of Energy to close climate technology office and eliminate 11 positions


The Department of Energy is closing
its Office of International Climate and
Technology and will eliminate its 11
staff positions, according to a New
York Times report Thursday.
The small office first opened in 2010
and has worked with other countries
in order to develop clean energy
technology and reduce greenhouse
gases.

A Department of Energy spokesperson
said they were “looking for ways to
consolidate the many duplicate
programs that currently exist within
DOE,” according to The Hill. Other
offices in the department with
international teams will take on
additional responsibilities relinquished
by the office.

“The Department is looking for ways
to eliminate this kind of unnecessary
duplication – just like any responsible
American business would,” said
spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes.
Environmentalists have railed against
the decision and the Trump
administration.
“Willfully ignoring the climate crisis is
recklessly and unnecessarily
dangerous for families and
communities across the country, and
it’s clear that Trump will stop at
nothing to completely isolate the
United States and irreparably damage
our reputation with the rest of the
world,” John Coequyt, global climate
policy director at the Sierra Club, said
in The Hill.

The office’s closure comes amid the
Department of Energy’s restructuring
under the leadership of Secretary Rick
Perry and President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, Trump put in
motion plans to withdraw the US from
the Paris Climate agreement, the
multinational pact to regulate
greenhouse-gas emissions
worldwide.

“Ignorance is not diplomacy, and if
Trump were acting like a leader, he
would know that,” added Coequyt. 


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