Trump’s “science cleansing” turns Fed websites into garbage farms

❝ Nearly a year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government, according to a report made public Wednesday.

The findings of the report, by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, an international coalition of researchers and activist groups, are in keeping with the policies of a president who has proudly pursued an agenda of repealing environmental regulations, opening protected lands and waters to oil and gas drilling, withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, shrinking the boundaries of federal monuments, and appointing top officials who have questioned or denied the established science of human-caused climate change.

❝ The authors of the study said that the removal of the words “climate change” from government websites, and a widespread effort to delete or bury information on climate change programs, would quite likely have a detrimental impact…

❝ “Why are these federal agencies putting so much effort into ‘science cleansing’ instead of using time and resources to fulfill agency responsibilities, such as protecting the environment and advancing energy security?” they wrote.

Trump works very hard at fulfilling George Orwell’s predictions of sophistry and bald-faced lies. Without, of course, ever having read any of that author’s work. He simple-mindedly obeys the worst advocates of conservative censorship.

3 thoughts on “Trump’s “science cleansing” turns Fed websites into garbage farms

  1. Doubleplusungood says:

    “In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.” George Orwell, 1984.
    Also: “Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.” Emmanuel Goldstein, “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism.”

  2. Memory hole says:

    Guess who was ‘personally involved’ in removing climate change from the EPA website? http://grist.org/briefly/guess-who-was-personally-involved-in-removing-climate-change-from-the-epa-website/ Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency’s greatest critic and its administrator, personally urged employees to remove information about climate change from the agency’s site, as emails obtained by the Environmental Defense Fund show. Many of the formerly climate change-referencing sections were replaced with President Trump’s executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan. See also https://www.edf.org/media/newly-released-records-refer-pruitts-personal-involvement-removal-climate-information-epa

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