The Energy Department (DOE), under the direction of Rick Perry, has quietly shut down the Office of International Climate and Technology, which worked to promote the international development of clean energy technology and the reduction of climate-changing greenhouse gases.
DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hyne said DOE is “looking for ways to consolidate the many duplicative programs that currently exist within DOE.”
“The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has an International Affairs team, while the International Affairs Office has a renewables team,” she said.
“The Department is looking for ways to eliminate this kind of unnecessary duplication — just like any responsible American business would.”
The Hill added:
“The New York Times first reported the closing on Thursday. The Times reports employees were told earlier this month that their positions were being eliminated.
The office — consisting of 11 workers — opened in 2010 as a way for the U.S. to work with international allies on energy sector technology to reduce greenhouse gases.
Employees in the office work with international partners on the Clean Energy Ministerial, an annual gathering of high-polluting nations that focuses on greening the energy sector.”
Environmentalists criticized the decision.
“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,” said John Coequyt, the global climate policy director at the Sierra Club.
“Ignorance is not diplomacy, and if Trump were acting like a leader, he would know that.”