Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trump Administration removes virtually ALL mention of climate change, and the science that backs it up, from federal government websites.

How these pages appeared when we had a real leader in charge of this country.
Courtesy of The Guardian: 

During inauguration day on 20 January, as Donald Trump was adding “American carnage” to the presidential lexicon, the new administration also took a hammer to official recognition that climate change exists and poses a threat to the US. 

One of the starkest alterations to the White House’s website following Trump’s assumption of office was the scrapping of an entire section on climate change, stuffed with graphs on renewable energy growth and pictures of Barack Obama gazing at shriveling glaciers, to be replaced by a perfunctory page entitled “An America first energy plan”. 

In the more than 100 days since, the administration has largely opted for a chisel and scalpel approach to refashioning its online content, but the end result is much the same – mentions of climate change have been excised, buried or stripped of any importance. 

Federal government websites are being combed through to apply new verbiage. The state department’s office of global change, for example, has removed links to the Obama administration’s 2013 climate action report and mention of the latest UN meeting on climate change. Text relating to climate change and greenhouse gases has also been purged.

Here is one of the worst things that this article pointed out:  

Trump’s desire to champion the coal industry is reflected in the Department of Energy’s online pages aimed at educating children. Sentences that point out the harmful health consequences of burning coal and other impacts of fossil fuels have gone.

It is one thing to remove data from websites visited by adults, who may have the wherewithal and intellect to find the right information elsewhere, but when you take it off of educational sites visited by children you are purposely misinforming them down and directly interfering in their education.

This reminded me of a scene from that very troubling "Jesus Camp" documentary in which one of the kids, Levi, is reading from home school material that purposefully minimizes global warming, and attacks Evolution.

Having a parent purchase home school materials to help misinform their children, and keep them ignorant, is bad enough, but when our own federal websites are doing the same that is indefensible.

21 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:44 AM

    https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Now-Covering-Movements-Changing/dp/1501123580

    "In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the US"

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  2. Anonymous9:05 AM

    Oh for the good old days when it was just a "swamp" -- welcome to the sewer.

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  3. Anonymous9:42 AM

    OT? Bad Air Gop?
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nc-senator-collapses-during-race-taken-away-in-ambulance/ar-BBBeDwE

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  4. The entire load of those documents has been saved and posted on Chicago's city website. So there, take that Trump!

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  5. Anonymous10:22 AM

    OT...Even Lisa is getting on the Independent Investigator Train! http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lisa-murkowski-independent-russia-investigation

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  6. www.cityofchicago.org/climatechangeisreal

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  7. Anonymous10:37 AM

    OT...signatures needed! It's Time To Impeach Donald Trump, Democrat Says On The House Floor
    https://impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org/

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  8. Anonymous10:38 AM

    I am shocked at this story, totally shocked. Next thing u will try and tell me is that Trump signed an executive order that allows the continued use of a poisonous pesticide then gave the pen to the Chairman of DuPont who was there for the signing. Then u will try and tell me that pesticide got over 50 farm workers sick but when emergent services arrived most of them were gone, probably afraid ICE would show up at the hospital. I find all this too hard to believe.

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    1. Anonymous11:17 AM

      Don't stop there. Trump and mining corps will contaminate your water system at your home with arsenic and deadly toxins. If you have not already have your water tested for arsenic by a creditable testing lab.

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  9. Anonymous10:41 AM

    OT?"Judicial Watch also announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Secret Service records associated with President Obama’s movements, schedule and activities since his departure from the White House. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia"All records of former President Barack Obama’s movements, schedule, activities, and/or meeting for January 21, 2017 through March 21, 2017. Such records include, but are not limited to, U.S. Secret Service schedules and activity reports."“For eight long years, the Obamas spent our tax dollars for a lavish jet-setting lifestyle,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Many in the media would only focus on President Trump’s travel, but Barack Obama continues to cost taxpayers with his luxury travel and we aim to get the facts.”
    "ravel expenses of President Trump. On May 4, Judicial Watch released records from the Department of the Air Force in response to FOIA requests that show President Trump’s flights to Mar-a-Lago for two weekends (in February and March) cost $1,281,420.00."

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obama-travel-totals-nearly-100-million/

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    1. Anonymous2:10 PM

      Well aren't they going to be disappointed.

      Are they also going to add in the extras for flying Melanomia back and forth and all the business trips and vacations for the children?

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  10. Anonymous10:48 AM

    OT...Shit! http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/17/media/lawrence-odonnell-msnbc-contract/

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    1. Anonymous11:39 AM

      Why? He is good.

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  11. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Call MSNBC to keep O'Donnell...MSNBC

    - Phone: 1-212-664-4444 EMAIL: letters@msnbc.com

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  12. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Can you believe it? Trump is vomiting nonsense in front of the Honored US Coast Guard Graduates. He is the most pathetic example of man there is. Never have I witnessed such a lying loser as trump in my entire life. He is thee WORST person to be occupying our house along with his criminal mobster bullies. All must be arrested and removed from our life.

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    1. Anonymous2:08 PM

      I couldn’t believe he read the 2018 Liberty University football schedule at commencement, it had to be a joke, Liberty isn’t a real university how can they play football against real universities.

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  13. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Hitler much? Dump?

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  14. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Scrub him off all US sites but one.
    Sick of it.

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  15. Anonymous2:13 PM

    I hate to tell little donnie, scrubbing the website isn’t going to make it go away.

    Hopefully children do not go to government sites for research on climate change. The info is out there elsewhere.

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  16. Anonymous4:39 PM

    All these christian folks love to go on and on about their fear of "being left behind" during the "rapture" but guess what christian folks, your actual children are being left behind in the entire economic scheme of our country because you are purposely "educating" them without proper credentials and are creating a christian cabal of morons that can do little more than work at the local corner store or pull our espressos.

    Good job christians, hope you have enough money to keep these kids at home forever because ya know what? They'll never ever make enough money to live on their own because you made them stupid, superstitious and unable to find gainful employment in this modern world. In addition, since you only teach them abstinence and eschew abortion you're going to have a bunch of bastard grandchildren living with you too.

    What a complete bunch of fools.

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  17. So Scientists were correct to back up their data "just in case."

    I hope they also took Jerry Brown up on his offer and moved to California.

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