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« Reply #150 on: January 19, 2017, 08:47:56 PM »
The frantic effort to save the data.

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump
At 10 AM the Saturday before inauguration day, on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania, roughly 60 hackers, scientists, archivists, and librarians were hunched over laptops, drawing flow charts on whiteboards, and shouting opinions on computer scripts across the room. They had hundreds of government web pages and data sets to get through before the end of the day—all strategically chosen from the pages of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—any of which, they felt, might be deleted, altered, or removed from the public domain by the incoming Trump administration....
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/rogue-scientists-race-save-climate-data-trump/
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« Reply #151 on: January 20, 2017, 09:39:17 PM »
Around the same time as Trump was sworn in as President, the White House website received a makeover, including a removal of all pages on climate change.

You can get a good overview of the changes here:

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/20/14338342/trump-white-house-energy-page

A sign of things to come?

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« Reply #152 on: January 20, 2017, 09:52:43 PM »
Another article on the White House website deletions.  >:(

"11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming. ..."
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/all-references-to-climate-change-have-been-deleted-from-the-white-house-website
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« Reply #153 on: January 20, 2017, 11:29:59 PM »
Another article on the White House website deletions.  >:(

"11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming. ..."
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/all-references-to-climate-change-have-been-deleted-from-the-white-house-website

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Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« Reply #154 on: January 21, 2017, 04:13:36 PM »
National Park Service Banned From Tweeting After Anti-Trump Retweets

http://gizmodo.com/national-park-service-banned-from-tweeting-after-anti-t-1791449526

Edit: Sorry hit save instead of preview.  Please note that the images are of a national park, hence that why the tweets were relevant. They show the occupancy of a national park at the times of presidential inaugurations. Trump is immediately giving signs of the active censorship he will engage in during his presidency.
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Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« Reply #155 on: January 21, 2017, 05:45:40 PM »
A New Special Relationship for America and Britain Emerges with Climate Science Deniers Linked to Trump and Brexit
DeSmog UK has mapped this new US-UK climate science denier network, held together in large part by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, to shed light on this growing group of influencers.

Since November, the president-elect has been gathering his team together; the men that will form the top positions of influence and decision making within his government.

Rather than ‘draining the swamp’, Trump has chosen to surround himself with the same actors who have long been pushing climate misinformation and lobbying against environmental protection.

Front and centre are individuals linked to well known funders of climate science denial, the Kochs, the Mercers, and the Heritage Foundation. And as our new map shows, this isn’t limited to the United States.
Over the past few months, DeSmog UK has been tracking a Brexit climate denier network and their increasingly intertwined dealings with climate science deniers across the pond.
https://www.desmog.uk/2017/01/16/mapped-new-special-relationship-america-and-britain-emerges-between-climate-science-deniers-trump-and-brexit
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Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« Reply #156 on: February 02, 2017, 02:56:31 AM »
Guardian:
Donald Trump 'taking steps to abolish Environmental Protection Agency'

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/02/donald-trump-plans-to-abolish-environmental-protection-agency

"Donald Trump will work towards the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency – and any employees cleaving to the Obama era should be “very worried” by the prospect of Scott Pruitt taking over the agency, a key aide of the president has told the Guardian."

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« Reply #157 on: February 03, 2017, 12:53:38 AM »
The EPA Has Started to Remove Obama-era Information
The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has begun to transform under the Trump administration.

A group of researchers have found what are likely the first steps in a major overhaul of a site that’s been closely watched since President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Federal climate plans created under former President Obama, tribal assistance programs, and references to international cooperation have been stricken from the site.

A mention of carbon pollution as a cause of climate change has also been removed and adaptation has been emphasized, indicating an attempt to separate the cause of climate change from the response. ...
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/epa-climate-web-pages-change-21133
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« Reply #158 on: February 04, 2017, 06:24:46 PM »
From January:

Trump tweets wrong Ivanka, gets earful on climate change
The UK’s Ivanka Majic is more worried about Trump’s climate denial than his social media mistake.
On Monday, Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump quoted a tweet praising his daughter Ivanka. But he used the wrong twitter handle @Ivanka (rather than @IvankaTrump).

Ivanka Majic, the UK Labour party’s former digital director and the person behind the @Ivanka handle, used the momentary attention to educate the president-elect on climate change.

“You’re a man with great responsibilities. May I suggest more care on Twitter and more time learning about #climatechange,” she tweeted back, along with a graphic on the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change.
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-tweets-wrong-ivanka-gets-earful-on-climate-change-c8e15d6eab99
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« Reply #159 on: February 07, 2017, 04:44:17 PM »
Michael Mann: Coined today at @SEI_Sydney #MannOnClimate: The #Trumpocene (h/t @ChristopherWr11)
https://twitter.com/michaelemann/status/828827743966027777
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« Reply #160 on: February 07, 2017, 06:46:12 PM »
Hopefully the "Trumpocene" will be short lived.
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« Reply #161 on: February 07, 2017, 09:01:55 PM »
"Overall, we find that about half to a majority of Trump voters think global warming is happening and support a variety of climate and clean energy policies."

Trump Voters & Global Warming
http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/trump-voters-global-warming/
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« Reply #162 on: February 19, 2017, 07:04:32 PM »
"Beautiful photos rolling in from Boston's #StandUpForScience rally, w/ a clear message:

Stop the attacks on truth & science! #AAAS2017"

https://twitter.com/collinrees/status/833366712435273732

More photos at the link.
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« Reply #163 on: February 22, 2017, 05:33:43 PM »
Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, said he seeks "compromise" between the environment and the marketplace.  But that's not the EPA's job.

Scott Pruitt Laid Out A Vision For The EPA That Contradicts Its Mission
New Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt addressed EPA staff and the media Tuesday, and in a speech lasting less than 15 minutes, he spoke mostly about protecting jobs, industry and "the marketplace" and oh yeah, the environment, too.

Pruitt comes to the Trump administration from his previous job as Oklahoma attorney general where he spent a fair amount of time suing the very federal agency that he now heads. In six years he filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the EPA over expansion of the Clean Water Act and regulations on coal-fired power plants.

If that track record didn't make it clear what direction Pruitt will take the EPA, reading between the words of his introduction to the career employees who have spent decades working to safeguard our natural environment solidify it in crystal.

To start, let's just note that the word "climate" did not pass Pruitt's lips, so that's clearly no longer a priority at EPA, as we suspected.

Pruitt began laying out his vision and principles for running the agency by sharing a story of how the founding fathers once sat down together to work out a compromise that would lead to moving the nation's capitol from New York to the shores of the Potomac. He used the historical anecdote as a metaphor for how he will seek dialogue and compromise to address issues and problem solving related to "our environment and natural resources."

To be clear, in this context Pruitt is clearly referring to the industries that extract natural resources like oil and gas to bring them to market.

Pruitt sounds like a nice, reasonable guy in his remarks to be sure, but he's laying out a vision that already undercuts the very mission and long-term objectives of the agency he now leads.

He's not an elected official trying to compromise with other politicians to get bills passed. More of that sort of compromise, which is what was actually happening in his historical anecdote, would be great. But agencies like the EPA have missions and duties that are laid out in statute, which they must execute. Compromise with industry is not included. The mission of the EPA is actually quite simple: "to protect human health and the environment -- air, water and land."

That's it. Notice there's no mention of protecting extractive industries. For an EPA administrator to begin his tenure by calling for compromise and working together with polluters is a bit like an attorney representing a rape victim sitting down with the client before trial and reminding her that they'll need to keep in mind the concerns and needs of the perpetrator as they prosecute the case. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2017/02/21/scott-pruitt-lays-out-a-vision-for-the-epa-that-contradicts-the-mission-of-the-epa/


The article includes a listing of the Environmental Protection Agency Objectives.
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« Reply #164 on: February 22, 2017, 06:21:06 PM »
"We Will Never Stop": An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration
... What type of nation are we when we allow our leaders to sign into law a rule that makes it EASIER for mining companies to pollute local waterways? These same politicians will try to convince their voters that making it easier to pollute local streams is somehow good for them. Communities in West Virginia, Indiana, and Alabama with sky-high rates of cancer due to industry pollution shouldn't be presented with the false choice of accepting even more poison in their local environment or having a job. No one should be told that they have to put up with cancer-causing poison in their water, air, and land. It's shameful, and it's wrong....
http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2017/02/donald-trump-scott-pruitt-epa-employee-resist
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Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« Reply #165 on: February 23, 2017, 04:00:27 PM »
But agencies like the EPA have missions and duties that are laid out in statute, which they must execute. Compromise with industry is not included. The mission of the EPA is actually quite simple: "to protect human health and the environment -- air, water and land."


But, now instead we will have big government giving handouts to parasitic corporations. Say goodbye to the free market. Now Corporations will act through government (more than ever) to impose their products.  The good news is that this is not sustainable. The bad news is that by the time it is no longer sustainable it will be too late. We will deplete what's left of the environment.
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« Reply #166 on: February 25, 2017, 07:00:29 PM »
For those of you with access to HBO, the fifth season premiere of Vice (just aired Friday evening) is worth your time.  The second half of the episode is focused on the history of climate change denial and the current political environment in the US.  Likely not much new for regular readers here, but it provides additional context on Exxon's role in the denial effort, interviews with leading voices, and a thoughtful overview of the obvious dilemma with Trumps cabinet of deniers.  Very well done and informative.

As an aside, the first half is a chilling piece on Syria, with striking interviews of people living under the Assad regime. 

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« Reply #167 on: March 03, 2017, 01:23:21 AM »
We are starting to observe Trump regime policy actions and proposals relevant to the environment and climate research:

The EPA's climate change line item now has a proposed 70% reduction in funding, and 20% staff cut.

Also, the linked article notes that the EPA will not maintain a recent Obama era requirement for oil and gas industries to provide information regarding methane emissions. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/02/epa-halts-inquiry-into-oil-and-gas-industry-emissions-of-methane-a-powerful-greenhouse-gas/?utm_term=.c8a1be8bf654

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« Reply #168 on: March 04, 2017, 06:03:27 PM »
This came up, purported cuts by Trumpistan government on programs of EPA in 2017 (says the guy posting this online):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uc7Hd-vNtNOuhnDiTrShpJgB9kXlTirrftvuSiStPjI/edit#gid=0
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