Trump Transition Team Is Investigating Climate Control

Trump Transition Team Is Investigating Climate Control

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 15, 2016

A questionnaire from Trump's transition team was sent to the Energy Department asking for the names of the employees working on climate control issues and it caused a stir among Democrats.

Trump's transition team tried to downplay the inquiry saying:

The questionnaire was not authorized or part of our standard protocol. The person who sent it has been properly counseled.

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey told CNN on Wednesday:

Does Texas have a constitutional right to defy Supreme Court on protecting its border?

Any employee of the Department of Energy that has been working on climate science over the last 8 years is actually doing their job. It would be irresponsible not to deal with the issue and now what we're seeing is an inquiry by the Trump transition team that goes right to the heart of the integrity of the science.

According to CNN, top Democratic lawmakers on the Oversight and Energy and Commerce committees sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence expressing their concerns.

The letter said:

While the new Administration is entitled to select political appointees who share the President-Elect's views on climate change, any effort to retaliate against, undermine, demote, or marginalize civil servants on the basis of their scientific analysis would be an abuse of authority.

Trump has said in the past:

Nobody really knows (if climate change is real).

He added:

I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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