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  • Monday, January 30, 2017

    Energy Dept’s Solar Program Gagged

    The White House Silences the DOE Solar Energy Team on Twitter; SunShot has been shut out.

    Mike Brown, January 27, 2017 (Inverse)

    “…[An internal email to the Department of Energy’s SunShot solar program is telling employees to not post anything to Twitter or Facebook about work ‘until further notice.’ The note, sent to the 50 staff members working on the project, relayed an order given by Steven Chalk, deputy assistant secretary for renewable energy…[He writes: ‘…we are PROHIBITED from any social media post (from personal or business handles) regarding your work, attendance at any meeting, etc until further notice…’ SunShot is an initiative [launched in 2011] aimed at driving down the cost of solar energy and offering grants for research and development…[and getting] solar cost-competitive with traditional energy by the year 2020…[It helped drive the cost of residential solar photovoltaics (PV) from $0.42/kWh in 2011 to ,$0.18 in 2016 and was targeting $0.09 by 2020…The EPA, National Park Service, and Forest Service have been given orders by the new administration to stop tweeting…[There are now a] number of unofficial accounts claiming to be employees from these agencies tweeting…” click here for more

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