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Il 20 gennaio si avvicina anche per l’Energy Department.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-01-13.

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«Il Dipartimento dell’Energia degli Stati Uniti d’America (United States Department of Energy, DOE) è il dipartimento del governo degli Stati Uniti d’America responsabile della gestione dell’energia e della sicurezza nucleare. Il dipartimento si occupa del programma nucleare statunitense, sia in ambito civile che militare. Gestisce il programma di armamenti nucleari, la produzione dei reattori nucleari per la United States Navy, il risparmio energetico, lo sviluppo di nuove forme di energia, la radioattività ambientale e l’energia prodotta in modo domestico. Molte delle ricerche sono svolte tramite i laboratori di proprietà del dipartimento. ….

Il dipartimento divenne operativo il 1º ottobre 1977. L’agenzia è amministrata dal Segretario dell’Energia.» [Fonte]

Il Doe gestisce 16,100 impiegati ed oltre 100,000 rapporti a contratto, con un bilancio proprio di 23.6 miliardi di dollari nel 2006.

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Il Segretario uscente è il prof. Ernest Moniz.

Riportiamo alcune frasi tratte dal sito Climate One.

«The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stones and the oil age won’t end for lack of oil. We need to keep working, driving down the costs such that the low carbon alternatives are going to be the best choice. They’re good for security. You don’t have to worry about importing the sun or the wind or the earth’s heat.»

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«At a recent Climate One gathering, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz outlined three major objectives for addressing the country’s energy challenges. “One is to support economic growth, good jobs, et cetera.  Secondly is to reinforce our security.  And third and perhaps, in my view, of greatest interest right now, is addressing the climate challenge.»

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«At the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris last December, nearly 200 countries pledged to go on a collective carbon diet. But as most of us know too well, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. How does the U.S. plan to meet its carbon reduction goals, especially with the prospect of a new administration looming? What are the technological and economic innovations that will help get us there? U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz came to Climate One for a look ahead at our climate future.»

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Il prof. Ernest Moniz è il segretario uscente: dal 20 gennaio non avrà più nulla a che fare con la direzione dell’Energy Department.

Però, come consuetudine dei liberals democratici non rieletti oppure non riconfermati, anche il prof. Ernest Moniz ha promulgato negli ultimi giorni di carica una direttiva volta a cercare di salvaguardare l’operato di questi ultimi anni.

«Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concerns about how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues.»

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«But the new scientific integrity policy also follows a move by the Trump transition team to send the department a questionnaire asking for the names of personnel who had attended meetings related to climate change»

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«The new policy states as its “cornerstone” that “all scientists, engineers, or others supported by DOE are free and encouraged to share their scientific findings and views.”»

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«That includes talking to the media, giving public talks, and even expressing views on social media (though these can’t be attributed to the government).»

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«The seven-page policy prevents other agency employees, such as political appointees or press officers, from leaning on or torquing scientific findings. “Under no circumstance may anyone, including a public affairs officer, ask or direct any researcher to alter the record of scientific findings or conclusions,” the document states»

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«The document also embraces a strong commitment to whistleblower protection laws and says the agency will install a “scientific integrity official” within the Energy Secretary’s office to head up enforcement of the policy»

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Il problema del ‘Clima‘ è dibattuto.

È sua peculiare caratteristica essere un mix di risultati sperimentali, istanze politiche, interessi economici ed infine un risvolto ideologico che sconfina nella fede religiosa, condivisa e supportata da larghe fette della popolazione occidentale.

Ma ancor più caratteristico è l’utilizzo di ingenti risorse pubbliche determinate da interi sistemi legislativi, normativi e fiscali.

Da ciò che sembrerebbe preannunciarsi, la nuova Amministrazione Trump non intenderebbe supportare più a lungo il ‘Clima‘.

Detta in maniera gesuitica, potrebbe essere sufficiente procedere ad un certo quale numero di licenziamenti all’interno del Doe, al blocco dei finanziamenti pubblici ed il mancato rinnovo dei contratti agli oltre 100,000 beneficiari attualmente a ruolino paga, per ottenere un netto ridimensionamento del problema.

Se poi si unisse un’azione legislativa e normativa propria, verosimilmente il ‘Clima‘ diverrebbe un argomento desueto. Come gli studi sulla razza ariana condotti nella Germania del 1934 – 1943: all’epoca mandatori pena la vita, oggi del tutto dimenticati e, come da buon senso, condannati.

Ovviamente, i liberals democratici piangeranno caldissime lacrime ed i media schierati ne faranno ampia cassa di risonanza negli usuali termini melodrammatici. Sono comprensibili: per loro il tempo è scaduto.


The Washington Post. 2017-01-13. On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists

Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concerns about how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues.

“It’s part of establishing the environment that allows scientist to do their work, to stay with us, and to recruit new people,” Moniz said in announcing the new policy.

Moniz, a physicist, gave an example of his own role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. “Seven of our laboratories were providing near real-time support to our negotiating positions in a highly technical negotiation,” Moniz said, “and I certainly needed correct answers, stated clearly, as opposed to anything that somebody may have thought was the answer I wanted. That would not be helpful.”

Moniz’s remarks come as the energy department releases a first-ever report on the state of 17 national laboratories, and the secretary offered praise for the scientists who work at them and highlighted extensively the centrality of science to the agency’s mission.

But the new scientific integrity policy also follows a move by the Trump transition team to send the department a questionnaire asking for the names of personnel who had attended meetings related to climate change (although Moniz did not mention this in his remarks).

The new policy states as its “cornerstone” that “all scientists, engineers, or others supported by DOE are free and encouraged to share their scientific findings and views.” That includes talking to the media, giving public talks, and even expressing views on social media (though these can’t be attributed to the government).

The seven-page policy prevents other agency employees, such as political appointees or press officers, from leaning on or torquing scientific findings. “Under no circumstance may anyone, including a public affairs officer, ask or direct any researcher to alter the record of scientific findings or conclusions,” the document states.

The document also embraces a strong commitment to whistleblower protection laws and says the agency will install a “scientific integrity official” within the Energy Secretary’s office to head up enforcement of the policy.

The new policy is in line with a memorandum issued by President Obama all the way back in March 2009, outlining a process for all executive branch agencies to institute “appropriate rules and procedures to ensure the integrity of the scientific process within the agency.” It followed on a string of controversies over the treatment of scientific information during the administration of George W. Bush.

Following additional guidance from the president’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Energy Department had then created such a policy in 2012. Nineteen federal agencies, and five sub-agencies, now have such policies.

But the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading group tracking uses and abuses of science in government, had faulted the 2012 Energy Department policy as weak. “This policy is less than three pages long and hence has many significant gaps,” wrote the group. “Does not fully embrace the principles in the OSTP guidance memo and has many additional missing elements.”

Now, the group seems thrilled with the new policy announced by Moniz.

“The Department of Energy just created a powerful tool to protect its scientists,” wrote Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, of the new policy.

“The language is strong and precise, giving scientists and science advocates a solid platform to stand on in pushing back against the manipulation and suppression of science and the harassment of scientists,” Halpern said. “Notably, the new policy extends protections to contractors in addition to DOE employees — essential because nearly all of the national labs are run by contractors.”

“It was pointed out a few years ago that our policy wasn’t strong enough,” Moniz acknowledged.

The policy is not a new rule or regulation by the agency, so it would be easier to reverse than such regulatory measures. On the other hand, it would invite controversy if the incoming Trump administration were to try to reverse a policy designed to protect scientific information and those who create it.

“Clarifying our protections for scientific integrity will I think help as our science and technology enterprise moves forward,” Moniz said.

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