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Climate Change Censorship On Government Websites

By Keith Cowing
August 13, 2019
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Climate Change Censorship On Government Websites

Donald Trump stopping US government scientists from speaking out publicly is ‘chilling’, The Independent
“The Trump administration’s decision to stop Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials and other government staff from speaking out publicly has prompted the country’s leading scientific organisation to warn against “censorship and intimidation”. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest scientific society in the world, said many federal agencies had policies that “prohibit political interference” in how they relay information to the public. And the World Resources Institute think tank said the move to stop the “free flow of information” would have a “chilling effect on staff”. In addition to the media blackout at the EPA, some other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, were also told to suspend external communications, although the latter department’s gag order was subsequently lifted. The ban includes the issuing of press releases, blogs, messages on Twitter and Facebook posts, according to information leaked to several media organisations. All media requests must be “screened” by the administration.”
Under Trump, 26% of Climate Change References Have Vanished From .Gov Sites, Vice
“A report published by the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on Monday found that language related to climate change has disappeared at an alarming pace since Trump took office in 2016. Across 5,301 pages–ranging from websites belonging to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the US Geological Survey (USGS)–the use of the terms “climate change,” “clean energy,” and “adaptation” plummeted by 26 percent between 2016 and 2018. Of the pages where “climate change” was stricken, more than half belong to the EPA.”
Keith’s note: This search of NASA.gov yielded 29,529 results for “climate change”. I am not sure what the search result would have been several years ago but this large search result seems to indicate that no one has tried to purge NASA’s websites for climate change references – at least not yet. If anyone knows of any deletions or alternations, let me know.

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