As Donald Trump signed an executive order at EPA headquarters to reverse most of President Obama’s climate regulatory initiatives, the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in any written communication. Politico reports:
“The office has regular contact with officials from foreign countries, which may have led to the more aggressive action on language than in other offices, a source said. At the meeting, senior officials told staff the words would cause a “visceral reaction” with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, his immediate staff, and the cadre of White House advisers at the top of the department.”
DOE spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler denied there had been any new directive. The general sense, however, is to stay away from words that upset 45 and his trigger Twitter fingers.