❝ National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge, contradicting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s vow to Congress that his department is not censoring science.
The research for the first time projects the risks from rising seas and flooding at 118 coastal national park sites, including the National Mall, the original Jamestown settlement and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Originally drafted in the summer of 2016 yet still not released to the public, the National Park Service report is intended to inform officials and the public about how to protect park resources and visitors from climate change.
❝ The 87-page report, which was written by a University of Colorado Boulder scientist, has been held up for at least 10 months, according to documents obtained by Reveal. The delay has prevented park managers from having access to the best data in situations such as reacting to hurricane forecasts, safeguarding artifacts from floodwaters or deciding where to locate new buildings.
The omissions reflect a broader crackdown on climate science at federal agencies, including removal of references to human impacts, since President Donald Trump took office. Trump previously called climate change a Chinese hoax, took steps to withdraw from an international agreement to cut greenhouse gases and moved toward reversing President Barack Obama’s policies to regulate power plant emissions.
Trump’s chumps are OK with censoring science. They fear this discipline almost as much as investigative journalism.
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“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”
George Orwell, 1984
The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General has vowed to conduct a preliminary review of apparent scientific censorship by National Park Service officials, who deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge written by a Boulder, Colorado-based climate scientist. https://twitter.com/reveal/status/992155795021271045
National park officials were told climate change was ‘sensitive.’ So they removed it from a key planning report : Climate change was removed from a key planning document for a New England national park after officials were warned to avoid sensitive topics. (The Center for Investigative Reporting 9/10/18) https://www.revealnews.org/article/national-park-officials-were-told-climate-change-was-sensitive-so-they-removed-it-from-a-key-planning-report/
“US interior secretary’s school friend blocking climate research, scientists say : Trump administration forces some scientific funding to be reviewed by adviser who was high-school football teammate of Ryan Zinke” and has no scientific qualifications. (Guardian UK) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/17/interior-secretarys-school-friend-crippling-climate-research-scientists-say
In a survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists, government scientists reported being asked to stop working on climate change and connecting their science to industry actions. These are just a few of the examples of science under siege compiled by Columbia University in its “silencing science” tracker. See http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/resources/silencing-science-tracker/silencing-climate-science/