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Changes to Energy Dept. Websites Downplay Renewables as a Replacement for Fossil Fuels

Submitted by on April 25, 2017 – 3:47 pmNo Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Energy Department is changing its website to cut down on Obama-era language touting renewable energy sources as a climate-friendly replacement for fossil fuels, according to reports from an environmental watchdog group.

… the department’s website now focuses on renewable energy’s potential to create jobs, according to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a network of academics and nonprofit groups that has been monitoring federal websites.

On the Vehicle Technologies Office’s “Working With Us” page, for instance, the office’s mission statement previously included the line, “reduce the use of petroleum.” Sometime around the end of January and beginning of February, that line changed to “strengthen U.S. energy security, economic vitality, and quality of life,” according to the report.

Similarly, the website for the Bioenergy Technologies Office previously included a line suggesting that its efforts were “helping to replace the whole barrel of oil.” In March, that sentence was replaced with a line suggesting that the office is “supporting the development of bioproducts, which enable biofuels, since the production of bioproducts relies on much of the same feedstocks, infrastructure, and technologies that are central to biofuel production.”

In turn, the reports note a shift to an increased stress on the economic payoffs of advancing these technologies, also in keeping with the administration’s emphasis on jobs creation.

Together, the changes collectively downplay the climate benefits of each form of technology and distance the agency from the idea that they might be used to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, instead emphasizing their economic advantages. It’s a move that’s well in line with the Trump administration’s generally dismissive attitude toward the issue of climate change.  READ MORE

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