Travel by secretaries of the United States Department of Energy

Daniel Zegart filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Due Nov. 13, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Daniel Zegart

In his October 12th congressional testimony about why he cost U.S. taxpayers some $56,000 for travel on non-commercial aircraft, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry suggested that his predecessor, Ernest Moniz, had done essentially the same thing.

Indeed, the Secretary may have a point - - but only because some of Secretary Moniz's travel was highly questionable.

Secretary Moniz apparently traveled extensively, including to Turkey and Europe, with Southern Company Chief Executive Officer Tom Fanning in support of Southern's now-abandoned Kemper "clean coal" plant and the proprietary gasification technology it employed, but which never operated successfully despite the $7.5 billion spent on it - - including almost a half a billion dollars in grants from DOE.

Given the murky history of both energy secretaries, the Climate Investigations Center calls on DOE to immediately release all travels records for Perry, Moniz and Moniz's predecessor, Steven Chu, also a Kemper booster.

CIC requests that, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of Energy immediately release:

All documents capturing travel by former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry throughout their terms of office through October 12, 2017, and all records of passengers who accompanied each secretary on each trip.

Responsive documents would include airline tickets or other records indicating destination and dates of travel, expense reports, records indicating whether private or charter aircraft were used, travel logs, and itineraries.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The Climate Investigations Center researches matters of public interest involving government, the energy sector, climate policy and global warming. We are a non-profit institution that serves as a clearinghouse for such information.

I request that this request be expedited, as bearing on urgent matters of public welfare, including the expenditure of taxpayer dollars, and U.S. policy regarding climate change.

I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government

I would prefer the request be fulfilled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or USB flash drive if not.

Dan Zegart
Senior Investigator
Climate Investigations Center

12 Grant St.
Lambertville, NJ
(609) 468-5692 cell phone

From: Department of Energy

Good Evening Mr. Zegart,

Thank you for your email below. We are processing your request and anticipate having a response to you in the next few weeks.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best Wishes,

From: Department of Energy

Good afternoon Mr. Zegart:

Melissa is currently out of the office until next Wednesday. I have reached out to her to get the status of your request and will follow-up with you as soon as I hear back.

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to let me know.

Thank you,

Elizabeth A. Sullivan, Esq.
Program Manager
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-9141


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