Trump’s Transition Team memo Points To Major Shift In U.S. Energy Policy
The transition team of President-elect Donald Trump has asked 65 questions of the Department of Energy, together with a way to keep nuclear plants on-line, to identify staff who helped President Obama’s clean energy agenda, and whether EIA forecasts could also be underestimating future U.S. oil and gas production, according to a five-page internal document circulated by the Department that Bloomberg has obtained.
During his campaign, currently President-elect Trump promised to open onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands, eliminate the moratorium on coal leasing, and open shale energy deposits. In his 100-day action plan, Trump conjointly promised to “rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions together with the Climate Action arrange and also the Waters of the U.S. rule”.
Now, in line with the memo obtained by Bloomberg, the transition team has asked the energy department for a list of all staff who have helped President Obama with his climate agenda.
They conjointly wish to know regarding pending procurement decisions and decisions that are up for Senate approval, as well as that projects are presently being funded by the Advanced analysis projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), President Obama’s clean-energy agency.
The President-Elect’s advisors also want a “full accounting” of the liabilities associated with the Loans Program office of the Department, that Republicans have criticized for extending a loan guarantee of US$535 million to solar panel maker Solyndra, that went bankrupt.
According to someone near the transition team who spoke to Bloomberg, the questions are designed to promote transparency with regards to the current energy policy of the U.S.
Marty Schenker at Bloomberg News said that sources within the Trump transition team have said the document was “not meant in any way as a witch hunt”.
As for the much-expected appointment of Trump’s Secretary of State, Schenker thinks that the announcement are created next week and believes Mitt Romney remains the front-runner. however Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon, “is moving up within the hit parade and don’t be surprised if it’s him,” Bloomberg’s Schenker said. Tillerson was expected to interview for the Secretary of State job with Trump this week.
Just yesterday, it emerged that Oklahoma’s attorney General Scott Pruitt – an outspoken climate change skeptic - would be named chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).