Oppose Closure of International Climate Change Office

Target: Rick Perry, Secretary, Department of Energy

Goal: Restore office that worked to expand clean energy technology in developing countries.

The Office of International Climate and Technology within the Department of Energy has been eliminated. This critical body was responsible for collaborating with foreign countries to develop clean energy technology and strategies for mitigating climate change impacts. Its closure represents a further withdrawal from climate leadership by the United States.

Sharing renewable energy technology is critical for its adopting in developing nations. The office had been instrumental in India establishing its own energy efficiency standards and making LED lighting widely available to consumers. A former Department of Energy official estimated these two actions alone has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

President Trump has proposed eliminating all Department of Energy funding for climate related programs. This continues an ongoing assault of the Obama-era climate movement, including withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and removal of all references to “climate change” from several government websites. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has led a parallel effort to gut regulations and reopen public lands for energy exploration.

We cannot allow the Trump Administration to drag America into an era of climate apathy and isolation. Please sign the below petition demanding that the Office of International Climate and Technology be restored.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Perry,

I am writing to demand that you restore the Office of International Climate and Technology. It is a critical organization which has been instrumental in advancing clean energy technology in developing countries such as India.

The continued withdrawal of the United States from climate leadership is a crippling mistake which will have consequences far beyond the Trump presidency. Please send a strong message that you will not allow America to be pulled into climate change isolation by restoring this office.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. keep the climate change office.

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