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On Eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department Releases Guidelines to Protect Scientists

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On Eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department Releases Guidelines to Protect Scientists
Department of Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz. Photo credit:
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Outgoing Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. Ernest Moniz announced a new "scientific integrity policy" Wednesday, which may indicate a midnight move from the Obama administration to protect scientists and scientific work from a possibly hostile Trump presidency.

"The cornerstone of the scientific integrity policy at DOE," the eight-page memo reads, "is that all scientists, engineers, or others supported by DOE are free and encouraged to share their scientific findings and views."

While Moniz did not mention Trump or the future administration in his remarks, DOE refused to provide the names of scientists working on climate last month in response to an ominous questionnaire sent by the Trump transition team.

For a deeper dive:

Washington Post, Politico Pro, The Verge, E&E

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