(Updated the afternoon of 31st May 2017.)
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This is all about The Right to Know.
Update, 2017-01-20, 14:59 EST
Update, 2017-01-20, 18:11 EST
Also see an article in MIT’s Technology Review.
Update, 2017-01-20, 21:19 EST
Update, 2017-01-25, 0102 EST
We are now in active
Internet information war.
Update, from 0400, 25th January 2017
From Reuters (hat tip to Benjamin Rose):
Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.
The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.
“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.
The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
A Trump administration official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The order comes as Trump’s administration has moved to curb the flow of information from several government agencies who oversee environmental issues since last week, in actions that appeared designed to tighten control and discourage dissenting views.
The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.
The page includes links to the EPA’s inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, which contains emissions data from individual industrial facilities as well as the multiagency Climate Change Indicators report, which describes trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.
Update, 2017-01-25, 14:45 EST: We mattered
See also the reports of an underground EPA.
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Hat tip to Climate Denial Crock of the Week for image.
We have our first evidence of Web site alteration, at the EPA.
Also, here are links to some recent articles about this effort and its context:
- “How scientists can protect their data from the Trump administration”
- “A coalistion of scientists keeps watch on the government’s climate data”
- The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
Hat tip to Professor John Baez.
Astronomer Elizabeth Griffin offers another set of reasons why old data should be rescued, including citing modern processes for loss which have little to do with having Reactionaries in power.