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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DOE refuses Presidential transition request

DOE refuses Presidential transition request


The Department of Energy will not provide the names of staffers who worked on climate issues to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, a spokesman for the department told POLITICO Tuesday.

The Trump transition team submitted 74 questions to DOE last week, including two which asked for identities of staffers who worked on Obama administration climate policy efforts.

"We will be forthcoming with all publicly available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team," DOE spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said in an email.

Burnham-Snyder said questions from Trump's team had "left many in our workforce unsettled."

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/energy-department-staffers-names-list-232566

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Trump waits until he is in office and then resubmits the request again without the please. And then they refuse again and then they polish up the resumes. I guess they haven't figured out that there is a new sheriff in town, or they think Hillary has one more trick up her sleeve.

I want a 50 yard seat and some popcorn. I just love watching train crashes.

Anonymous said...

DOE is clueless. Time to drain the swamp.

Anonymous said...

The inmates have taken over the asylum in DoE. Perry should have it cleaned up fast.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Trump!

Resistance to Trump Imperial tyranny!

Fight the Power of Republican Party Evil!

Anonymous said...

Burnham-Snyder is a political appointee who will evaporate in January, and he wants to make political points before he evaporates. He doesn't care about the impact of flipping off the Trump people, because he won't stick around to work with them anyways.

Anonymous said...

Wow sounds like a Sanctuary DOE.

Mr. Trump will clean house and like the above post, buckle up and get some popcorn.

Cannot wait, I think about watching the DOE Secretary in Iran with that idiot John Kerry and thinking what a political hack he is. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

Trump will face the uncommon (for him) reality that he needs knowledgeable people to do things, whom he does not directly employ and does not directly control. He will fume and rage on Twitter, because that is all he is. Once one consequential person, politician, or not, tells him to shut the F up, his nonsense will be over as everyone starts cheering.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks Rick Perry is a better leader than Moniz or Chu is absolutely clueless.

Moniz - Professor at MIT
Chu - Nobel Prize winner at Stanford
Perry - Couldn't remember that DOE was the department he wanted to eliminate. OOPS!

Then again - cluelessness is why Trump was elected president, so I guess it all fits together.

Anonymous said...

Perry is clearly a better and more experienced leader, having been a Texas legislator, lieutenant governor, and (for 14 years) governor of the second largest state in the country, having a gross product larger than all of Australia or South Korea. Moniz and Chu are, well, a couple college professors. Understanding science does not make you a leader, though most scientists do not grasp this.

Anonymous said...

Things are going to get entertaining at the DOE after Perry is confirmed. Their refusal to answer all 74 simple questions is not going to go unnoticed, and certainly won't inspire any goodwill. Probably the labs forgot that they are in fact contractors, and are not entitled to any of the protections afforded to career Federal employees. As contractors, you can hire and fire them at will, and also demand that they shine your shoes and wash your dishes.

Anonymous said...

Chu was a leader? NONSENSE. He recused himself from major decisions regarding the Natl. Labs. RECUSED HIMSELF. Instead he focussed on trying to get people to paint their roofs white. NO KIDDING. Look it up.

The left should read a whole lot more and write a whole lot less. That way they can appear to actually know something once in a while.

SHEESH.

Anonymous said...

Reagan thumperdoodled federal air tragic controllers early in his first year. The upcoming clash somewhere early in Trumpfs admin is almost inevitable. Perhaps taking man-made climate climaxers to the woodshed is the site of the early skirmish, but I doubt it. Better targets exist.

Anonymous said...

There is an entrenched bureaucracy at DOE that for decades has successfully ignored all attempts by the White House, by Congress, and by the scientific community to get them to do anything they don't want to do. Those below the appointee level have learned to successfully ignore or subvert pretty much any legislation, policy directive or independent study that they don't agree with. The construct that is NNSA is but one (really good) example of this. Anyone who has actually worked with these folks knows it is true, and they are proud of it--if you can't beat 'em, just outlive 'em. (Chu was an incompetent Secretary-level "leader" who put his head in the sand over all this, preferring to play with his pet projects out of the line of fire. Moniz was no more successful at steering the unwilling ship than his predecessors.)

And why not? What negative consequences have there been for these entrenched bureaucrats?

Perry"s not a scientist, but he's a smart enough guy with experience in governing. Depending on the support he gets from the White House and a single-party Congress, he may actually be able to effect actual change in the Forestall Building. And remember, he didn't say he wanted to get rid of the labs, he (almost) said he wants to get rid of DOE. I personally think that's unlikely, but I wouldn't put any money on the status quo. Lab leadership should be quietly working on establishing direct communication with Perry.

Anonymous said...

Hazel O'Leary set the low point where the bar now rests for who can be in that cabinet position.

Anonymous said...

December 14, 2016 at 3:34 AM

O'Leary's while a failure in running DOE, at least her resume and background made sense in appointing her Secretary of Energy:

O'Leary earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Rutgers School of Law. During the Carter Administration, O'Leary was appointed assistant administrator of the Federal Energy Administration (now part of DOE)... and on a side note was married to John O'Leary, the former Deputy Secretary of Energy.

Anonymous said...

December 14, 2016 at 2:29 AM: "Lab leadership should be quietly working on establishing direct communication with Perry."

Can leadership communicate with Perry? The "leadership" is so out of touch, I doubt they will be able to tune to the same wavelength. Perry's message to the leadership shouldn't be "here's how you can work with us", is should be "pack your bags, I'm finding your replacement. Good luck getting an equivalent $1m/yr job in the private sector!"

On a side note, that's how you know these VP and director people at the lab are worthless. There is no company that would pay them even 1/3 their salary in the private sector. Their only "skills" are kissing asses and nepotism.

Anonymous said...

Time to change stripes...

Anonymous said...

Has anyone here received a warning letter from management? Insubordination is grounds for termination. Guess this is the first stupidity test for DOE management - will you cooperate with the Trump administration, or do you think you are the boss? What about openness and transparency? Shouldn't the climate change scientists proudly identify themselves? This secrecy smacks of a scam being accurately identified!

Anonymous said...

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/14/politics/energy-department-litmus-test/

Anonymous said...

Crisis is over....

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team on Wednesday disavowed a survey sent to the U.S. Department of Energy that requested the names of people working on climate change in the agency.

“The questionnaire was not authorized or part of our standard protocol,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said. “The person who sent it has been properly counseled.”

Anonymous said...

The ranting left-wing can now move on to their next non-issue.

Anonymous said...

It must be the "Russians" asking for the personnel info. Maybe they are going to expand their "climate research" and need some LLNL consultants.

Anonymous said...

DoE better watch out, DoE better not cry.
DoE better not pout, transition's telling them why.
Secretary Perry is coming to DC.
He's making his list, and he's checking it twice.
He gonna find out who's been naughty and who's been nice.

He sees you when you go to climate change meetings,
he knows when you selectively ignore polite requests.
He knows if you've been refusing to comply with questionnaires,
So, be helpful and honest, for goodness sake!

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