Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trump Scrubs Any Mention Of Climate Change And Renewable Energy From Government Websites

Donald Trump has seen fit to eliminate or replace references to climate change, renewable energy and similar topics on websites across the federal government.

The censorship is the latest gift to the fossil fuel industry from Trump and his unparalleled anti-envornment administration.

According to a new study released by Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) the website changes have been implemented at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department and the Energy Department, as well as other agencies not immediately associated with environmental issues, such as the State Department and the Department of Transportation.

An example of some of the changes made by the Trump administration includes the Bureau of Land Management website no longer containing phrases like "clean and renewable energy" or "national conservation lands" but instead replacing them with nonsensical slogans like "making America safe through energy independence" and "getting America back to work."

Other examples include the EPA removing its climate change website completely and the Bureau of Land Management's website eliminating all information about the impacts of climate change.

According to the report produced by the EDGI  a coalition of academics and nonprofits that support the open sharing of government data and the monitoring of federal webpages...

"Removing information regarding climate change from federal websites does not affect the reality of climate change, but may serve to obfuscate the subject and inject doubt regarding the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and that it is caused by human activity,"

The concern for the group is that the removal of such information from public view could allow the administration to more easily repeal certain regulations they don't like without as much pushback from an uninformed public.

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