President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team circulated a questionnaire to the Department of Energy requesting information about specific employees who’ve worked on climate change policies, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.
“A lot of these questions make perfect sense,” Jonathan Levy, a former deputy chief of staff for the Energy Department in the Obama administration, told reporters. “They have to get their heads around what responsibilities they will have and don’t have. The thing that is unsettling are the questions that appear to be targeting personnel for doing public service.”
Trump’s well-documented climate skepticism and his pick to head the EPA have no doubt contributed to some of the angst among those in the DOE.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has challenged the EPA numerous times. Pruitt joined dozens of states challenging two major EPA regulation: the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the Clean Water Rule (CWR).
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