Energy Department ICCE climate terms

Ryan Koronowski filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
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From: Ryan Koronowski

Dear Sir or Madam:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All email correspondence, including attachments, sent or received between January 20, 2017 and April 4, 2017 as well as all records of correspondence, call logs, voicemails and/or voicemail transcriptions, and calendar appointments between January 20, 2017 and April 4, 2017 that meet the following parameters:

(1) Sent or received by staff in the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy (ICCE); and
(2) Relate to guidance or rules about the use of the terms “climate change,” “emissions reductions,” or “Paris Agreement”

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on possible actions taken to ban the use of these terms, as has been reported. That is of current interest to the public as climate change, carbon emissions, and international efforts to reduce them are a matter of public health and welfare, and are currently a subject of national news value (

This information is being sought on behalf of (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with ThinkProgress, an online news site with a national audience seeking these documents entirely for news-gathering purposes.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: electronic.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because climate change, carbon emissions, and international efforts to reduce them are a matter of public health and welfare, and are currently a subject of national news value. In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information because climate change is a matter of public health and welfare, and the news that using terms associated with the threat may have been banned would seriously curtail the government’s duty to address it as required by the Clean Air Act.

I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Ryan Koronowski

From: Gorsage, Joanna (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

I am responding to your request to the FOIA-CENTRAL email account for an update on your request. We have recently received search results and I am currently processing those results. I hope to have a response to you within the next few weeks. I will keep you updated on the status. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions regarding your request.

In addition, please reference the number designated for this request - HQ-2017-00841-F when requesting status updates.

Thank you,

JoAnna Gorsage, Esq., CIPP/US
Central Research, Contractor to the
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

From: Gorsage, Joanna (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

We are processing your request and expect to have a response to your FOIA request HQ-2017-00841-F within the next week. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.


From: Gorsage, Joanna (CONTR)

Mr. Koronowski,

A final response for this request was sent to you on September 14, 2017. The response was sent to your email address at<>. I will forward the response to this address as well for reference.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.


From: Gorsage, Joanna (CONTR)

For your reference.