Energy Department tells staff not to use phrase ‘climate change’: report

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Staffers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) international climate office have been asked to stop using the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” and “Paris Agreement,” Politico reported Wednesday.

A supervisor at the DOE international climate office asked staff not to use the phrases in memos and briefings within hours of President Trump’s Tuesday executive order that reversed many of former President Obama’s climate protections, the report said.

The phrases have not been banned outright, but are reportedly part of a list of climate-related terms that are being avoided in light of the Trump administration’s attitudes on climate change.

A DOE spokeswoman told Politico that “no words or phrases have been banned” within the office or the department as a whole.

{mosads}”We have definitively not received anything on banned words, not even orally,” a State Department official told Politico. “But people are doing a lot of reading into tea leaves. People are taking their own initiatives to not use certain words based on hints from transition people. Everyone is encouraged to finding different ways of talking about things. There’s a sense that you’d better find a way to delink” from the previous administration’s talking points.

Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order asking the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Obama administration’s chief climate rule for power plant emissions, the 2015 Clean Power Plan.


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