The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump administration is mandating that EPA scientific studies and data must be reviewed by political staff before being released to the public.
BREAKING: Trump administration mandating EPA scientific studies, data undergo review by political staff before public release.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2017
Trump is at war with science. On Tuesday, the Badlands National Park account deleted tweets about climate change but but now others have shared their concerns. Donald Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax.
The BBC reports:
Days later, the Twitter account for Badlands National Park in Dakota posted a series of tweets highlighting climate science data.
“Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate,” one said.
The posts were widely shared – including by the Democratic National Committee under the hashtag #Resist – but had all been removed by Tuesday evening.
Then on Wednesday Redwoods National Park tweeted about climate change and the role of trees as a carbon sink, adding: “More redwoods would mean less #climatechange”.
Golden Gate National Park had earlier posted that “2016 was the hottest year on record for the 3rd year in a row”, adding a link to a Nasa report on climate change.
Death Valley National Park’s account, meanwhile, tweeted about Japanese-Americans interned at the park during World War Two.
It gets worse. According to what a source told Fox News, the Trump administration has instituted a media blackout for the Environmental Protection Agency, banning press releases and social media posts on official agency accounts.
On top of that, Reuters reports:
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.
This is not normal. We do not have another planet to escape to when this one crashes and burns.
H/T: FON’s own @Edmeyer_able, with thanks.
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