The White House Silences the DOE Solar Energy Team on Twitter
A social media blackout has struck at another U.S. government department. On Thursday, it emerged that 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.”
A spokesperson told the publication that the order was not department-wide, but that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which is responsible for the SunShot initiative, may have been acting on its own.
President Trump has expressed an interest in cutting the EERE entirely, a $2.9 billion budget saving that would also see SunShot scrapped. If it came around, a major driver of solar energy price reductions would disappear.