Sunday, January 1, 2017

Documenting WI Gov. Walker's attacks on science, climate change

[Updated] On December 22nd, this blog carried the first disclosure that WI GOP Gov. Scott Walker's "chamber of commerce mentality" Department of Natural Resources, (see part five of a recent series about his redefining the agency, here), had again deleted from taxpayer-paid, public web pages wording and information about climate, climate change and its human causation.

This time, the scrubbing destroyed the integrity and value of the intentionally and ideologically beaten-down agency's key remaining climate change web page:

More Walkerite/Orwellian censorship of climate change from DNR climate change web pages
During the following few days, I updated the page and have posted twelve fourteen additional posts with related information.  Below is the full archive, with the most recent first: 

1/2/17 - - The MN-WI climate change divide wider than the Blatnik Bridge

12/31/16 - -  The futility of the DNR's behavior. Despite the scrubbing, climate science     remains on DNR pages

12/31/16 - - Kids climate materials still available through DNR pages - - for now

12/30/16 - - On the DNR's climate change pages, all hail Gov. Doyle 

                    (a 2012 reposting)

12/29/16 - - WI DNR scrubs online climate science, MN DNR goes all in

12/29/16 - - Expect further WI DNR scrubbing of climate change information

12/29/16 - - Wisconsin's censorship of climate change is clumsier than you thought

12/28/16 - - Media spreading word about WI environmental harm under Walker

12/28/16 - - About scrubbed WI climate change page, Snopes says "True"

12/28/16 - - Climate science deletion not Walkerites 1st such scrubbing

12/27/31 - - On climate, Jerry Brown, yes; Scott Walker, no

12/27/31 - - Walker's repetitive disrespect for environment, climate change reality

12/22-26/31 - - More Walkerite/Orwellian censorship of climate change from WI DNR web pages

12/15/16- - Team Walker missed deleting a WI DNR climate change page

Its also important to remember that Walker is adding to the release of greenhouse gases in Wisconsin by having blocked a federally-financed Amtrak line between Milwaukee and Madison that was part of the Midwest High-Speed Rail program, killed a state-owned power plant conversion in Madison from coal to biomass, actively blocked wind farm construction projects, discouraged solar power by allowing through the Public Service Commission higher installation fees, expanded highway financing while cutting local transit assistance, tried unsuccessfully to end all state support for recycling, and has opened more state land, shorelines and forests to clearing and development.

He also slashed the DNR's budget, cut the agency's science positions, unsuccessfully tried to end several University system environmental programs and, separately, to convert the DNR's long-standing policy oversight board to advisory status-only, and sued the federal government over clean air rules though several lakeshore counties with a history of ozone pollution will be out of compliance in 2017, regardless of DNR spin

Among his earliest actions as Governor was an executive suspension of a wetland-filling permit application filed with the DNR by a Walker donor/developer for a project in northeastern Wisconsin, followed by a special Legislative bill he introduced and signed to shut down the review.

The initial tenant for the project - - a national fishing and hunting equipment vendor - - pulled out over the resulting controversy, but eventually another tenant was found and the development was completed.

Since then, it's been six years of "chamber of commerce mentality" planning and policy atop the DNR, and coordinated with the PSC and GOP-led Legislature and a compliant right-wing majority State Supreme Court and Attorney General - - all aligned by Walker to serve special interests, not the people.

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