Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump's White House, a la Wisconsin, deletes climate change items

Within minutes of his swearing in, Donald Trump's White House has scrubbed climate change from official websites.
The original White House page dedicated to the problem of climate change and former President Barack Obama's policies to address it is now a broken link: "The requested page '/energy/climate-change' could not be found."
Instead, the White House website features Trump's energy talking points from the campaign. The page—titled, "An America First Energy Plan"—makes no mention of climate change, other than to say, "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years."
Predictable if the incoming Secretary of State is the sitting CEO of Exxon/Mobil and the soon-to-be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the Oklahoma Attorney General who came to the President's attention as a cabinet pick through a blizzard of industry-friendly lawsuits aimed to weaken the impact of the EPA which Trump has pledged to break into "tidbits".
Smoke stacks from a factory. 
The White House website deletions follow the intentional scrubbing by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's "chamber of commerce mentality" Department of Natural Resources of climate science webpages, along with similar web censoring by Wisconsin Public Service Commission he controls in the state that gave the world Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day.

This as warming Antarctic glaciers are cracking by the multiple mile, the earth's temperatures are hitting a record high three years running, south Florida is undergoing sunny day flooding as the ocean level rises and the Midwest's 100-year inundations are happening a lot more frequently while special-interest behold leaders like Scott Walker deal with the problem by deleting the very information that real policy-makers need if there are to be actual solutions.

They say we are in a fact-free world where even words don't matter anymore.

And in that spirit, the ruling party is targeting science, too - - right where words and facts can make or break the planet.

All at our collective peril.

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