Reinstate Renewable Energy Benefits on Department of Energy’s Website

Target: James Richard “Rick” Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Goal: Reinstate the environmental and climate-based benefits of renewable energy on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.

The U.S. government’s Department of Energy website, Energy.gov, was recently altered to no longer include climate and environment-related benefits afforded by renewable energy, particularly solar and wind energy.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the destructive policies of the Trump administration, which, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, considers climate change a “hoax,” and has been altering the U.S. government’s online presence since late 2016 to downplay or outright ignore the threat of global warming, as well as its potential solutions.

The Washington Post clarified the situation: “Under the Obama administration, these offices’ websites emphasized the importance of cutting down on U.S. carbon emissions… But with the Trump administration de-emphasizing climate change and looking to promote… carbon-intensive energy sources… the priorities outlined on these offices’ Web pages have been shifting since the inauguration.”

EcoWatch gave an example of one of the Energy.gov changes: “For instance, on the wind technology office page, this sentence was entirely removed: ‘Wind power is an emission-free and water-free renewable energy source that is a key component to the Administration’s renewable electricity generation goals.’ Instead, the new wording emphasizes the potential of wind for U.S. jobs and economic growth. For example, this sentence was added: ‘Wind energy currently supports more than 100,000 U.S. jobs, and wind turbine technician is the nation’s fastest-growing occupation…'”

While wind energy has indeed become a source of economic growth, removing any mention of its climate benefits is misleading at best, and outright deception at worst. It downplays the importance of so-called “deep decarbonization,” the fact that the world must rapidly and dramatically scale down its carbon emissions in order to preserve a habitable planet for humans and other creatures. If you believe that the Department of Energy has an obligation to inform the public of the benefits of renewable energy, sign our petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Perry,

Over the past decade, renewable energy — particularly in the forms of wind and solar power — has surged. While it is commendable that the Department of Energy’s website, Energy.gov, mentions the economic benefits of renewable energy, such as is the case with wind power, the recent removal of any mention of climate change-related benefits is most certainly not.

A global prevalence of low-carbon energy must occur, and relatively soon, if the world is to head off the worst effects of climate change, many of which threaten the fabric of human civilization itself. For the U.S. government to remove any mention of climate change from its online presence, and on the Department of Energy’s website, is irresponsible and misleading. This removal diverts attention from the task at hand—that of stopping, and perhaps reversing, climate change—which is of ultimate importance.

Please reinstate the climate-related benefits of renewable energy on the Department of Energy’s website.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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