Trump’s climate graveyard
We’ve been noticing some changes to climate and science-related public databases and voices. And by ‘changes,’ we mean censorship. That’s bad for our health, economy, children and democracy.
If you’ve had trouble keeping up, fear not. We’re keeping a list for you (let us know if we’re forgetting any at Stop Fooling CA!):
Dec. 10, 2016
Donald Trump’s transition team circulated a 74-part questionnaire at the Department for Energy that requests the names of employees who have attended climate talks over the last five years. The U.S. Energy Department refused to comply.
Jan. 20, 2017
Jan. 21, 2017
The Interior Department reactivated its official Twitter accounts after an abrupt shutdown following shares of two tweets during the inauguration the agency considered unsympathetic to President Trump. One tweet featured a picture showing a picture of Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration appearing to draw a smaller crowd than Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. The second pointed out the omissions in the new White House website. The Interior Department apologized for the “mistaken” RTs.
Jan. 23, 2017
With little warning or explanation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention canceled a major climate change conference that had been scheduled for February 2017 Atlanta.
Jan. 24, 2017
Trump banned EPA employees from providing updates on social media or to reporters, bars awarding new contracts or grants.
Jan. 24, 2017
Defying Trump’s new social media policy, the Badlands National Park went rogue for a few hours and tweeted several scientific facts related to climate change — but the tweets were deleted as the White House apparently reeled in the wayward park. Some organizations took screenshots before they disappeared.
Jan. 25, 2017
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees were ordered by the Trump administration to remove the agency’s climate change webpage, a resource used by scientists and educators worldwide. The administration later backtracked.