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    Twenty six US Congressmen told President-elect Donald Trump in a letter that they would protect US Department of Energy employees involved in climate change initiatives and their scientific freedom.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in December, US media reported that Trump's transition team requested that the Energy Department provide a list of names of employees who worked on climate change legislation or attended international climate conferences.

    "Regardless of one's views on climate change, it is simply inappropriate to target hard-working public servants simply for doing their jobs," the letter said on Monday. "We will always act to defend them and their scientific freedom."

    The Congressmen, including Eric Swalwell, Barbara Lee and Daniel Lipinski, asked Trump to send them specific questions that his team asked the laboratories’ staff.

    On December 13, the Department of Energy said it would not turn over the names of staffers who worked on climate change programs.

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