Pub­lic Records Sought to Ex­pose Trump's Cen­sor­ship

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To bet­ter serve the dark agenda of the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try and pro­mote Trump's cli­mate change delu­sions, it ap­pears that some agen­cies have been or­der­ered to mod­ify the lan­guage they use and avoid us­ing the phrases “cli­mate change,” “emis­sions re­duc­tions,” and “Paris agree­ment.”

Leaks in­di­cate that the De­part­ment of En­ergy, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion have been in­structed by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to mod­ify their lan­guage in an ef­fort to strike cli­mate change re­al­ity from gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions and doc­u­ments and sup­port the delu­sion that global warm­ing and cli­mate change are not oc­cur­ing.

To ex­pose such id­i­otic and il­le­gal cen­sor­ship, the Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity re­cently filed four Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quests de­mand­ing records of com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­sor­ing agency staff from us­ing words or phrases re­lated to cli­mate change.

The Cen­ter’s re­quests, which seek all di­rec­tives or com­mu­ni­ca­tions bar­ring or re­mov­ing cli­mate-re­lated words or phrases from any for­mal agency com­mu­ni­ca­tions, will ex­pand to ad­di­tional fed­eral de­part­ments and agen­cies.

“This is like telling gov­ern­ment sci­en­tists not to men­tion grav­ity or the fact that the Earth re­volves around the sun,” said the Cen­ter’s Taylor Mckin­non. “The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion can deny the re­al­ity of the cli­mate cri­sis, but it can’t make it go away by sim­ply telling gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees not to men­tion it any­more. This kind of anti-sci­ence med­dling leads us straight back to the dark ages.”

The De­part­ment of En­ergy in­struc­tion came the same day the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced a se­ries of cli­mate-re­lated roll­backs, in­clud­ing plans to undo the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Clean Power Plan and to re­scind the 2016 mora­to­rium on new fed­eral coal leas­ing on pub­lic lands.

Amer­i­cans need to stand up to the car­bon en­ergy crim­i­nals.

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