Airbrushing Science

April 30, 2017

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For more on these photos, see Scientific American.

It’s a hallmark of totalitarian regimes, that inconvenient people and facts are scrupulously removed from public record, media, and textbooks.
It was a famous joke, a few years ago, when the Republican Governor of Florida forbade use of the phrase “Climate Change” for state employees, even those whose jobs involved dealing with the consequences of said change.

After all, that will make it go away, right?
Not a joke anymore.

USAToday:

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is updating its website and, in the process, has removed a page that explained the causes and effects of climate change.

The agency said Friday the website, epa.gov, is undergoing changes to reflect its new direction under President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” J.P. Freire, the agency’s associate administrator for public affairs, said in a statement.

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“We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”

The overhaul already appears to have impacted at least two of the agency’s websites – the EPA’s main climate change site and another regarding the Clean Power Plan, a rule put in place under former President Obama to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

Visitors to the EPA’s main climate change website are now directed to a page that explains the site is being updated. The website, which launched in 1997, had included detailed data on the causes and the impact of climate change.

Vice Motherboard:

On April 19, 2017, somebody replaced most of the information on the Interior Department’s main climate change page. The agency made no announcement of this, but a look at the page’s source code reveals the date on which it was last modified.

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What was once a robust overview of the Interior’s climate change priorities is now a pedestrian paragraph about the types of land the agency protects. Gone are the mentions of rising sea levels, worsening wildfires, and threatened wildlife. In fact, the entire page, which is just 101-words-long, only uses the term “climate change” once.

The revised page now links to the climate change pages of other environmental agencies. One of the links, which should have directed to the Bureau of Land Management, is dead.

We reached out to the Interior for comment, but did not immediately hear back. It’s unclear who requested the changes, and why.

Since Trump’s inauguration, public-facing climate information has come under attack. The White House website no longer talks about climate change. In February, facts about carbon pollution and references to Obama-era climate policies were struck from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website. And significant changes to the Interior’s fracking regulation pages were also detected by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), a group that monitors updates to federal websites under Trump.

This is what the Interior’s climate change page looked like on February 26, 2017.

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And this is what it looks like today.

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Farewell, Humans.

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18 Responses to “Airbrushing Science”

  1. grindupbaker Says:

    I wonder did anything ever come of this notion last year of mirroring some data on the University of Toronto computer system. If so, it needs some form of re-direction. Like U. of T. could call one of its web presences “The Environment Protectionist Agents” to grab Google coverage meant to go to what used to be the U.S. of America EPA before the Americans decided to scrap it.

  2. andrewfez Says:

    If they defund Energy Star then that’s war.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Don’t think there’s any “if” about defunding Energy Star—-recall reading somewhere that it’s pretty much a done deal—-IMO that’s one of the smaller battles in the war that The Pussy Grabber and friends have started.

      Pruitt and his “leadership” at EPA was the object of much hatred and derision on the signs at the DC climate march yesterday. Many thousands of references to him, none flattering.

      • andrewfez Says:

        I’ll have to start harvesting info off of it then. I’m studying for a certification exam occurring next week to get some more letters after my name as part of my game plan for getting the heck out of here. Then maybe I can do some looking around.

        There’s a limited window where I can sell my place and raise enough $$ to pay for a place elsewhere, so that I won’t have to deal with a mortgage anymore: We’re in another large bubble out here in So Cal, and Trump is in the middle of ripping off the Dodd-Frank bandaid at a time when we’re overdue for a recession.

        I looked at fridges on Energy Star a few years ago and figured out which ones were available to me. You can get a full size fridge now, at a normal fridge price, that only uses the amount of energy a little dorm fridge uses if you rummage through the website a bit.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Yep, you can save some significant bucks long-term by buying Energy Star. I said it was one of the smaller battles in the war, but in term of the degree of stupidity involved it IS one of the biggest—-it takes real morons to defund a very inexpensive program that provides such big benefits just for the sake of ideology.

          You are wise to try to get out from under the CA real estate bubble before it explodes, as it likely will under the mindless non-policies of The Pussy Grabber.

          Tax cuts for the rich, massive budget deficits, increased spending on defense—–all at the expense of the 99$—-and to be paid for by “growth in the economy at the 3+% and even 4 or 5 percent level” as touted by Mnunchkin? That overdue recession is looming on the horizon, and I hate to wish it on the country, but it WILL speed the demise of Trump—-if it hits soon enough, we WILL start to take back the country in 2018.

          • andrewfez Says:

            They say they’ve saved $392B in electricity costs since 1992 and offset 2.5B tons of CO2. And it was the coal industry investing into a flat demand market (efficiency has offset new demand coming online) that ultimately bankrupted them. So I’d say Energy Star is one of the more valuable tools we’ve got.

            I don’t think 4-5% growth is possible, or not in a sustained manner at least; you might have strong growth right before a bubble burst as mania temporarily takes over. Jimmy Carter had a 6-7% year, but there’s an old canard that he was economically weak, even though everybody praised Reagan for a 6-7% year in 1983 or thereabouts as he increased federal spending. But now we’re a much bigger economy and we’ve got stiff competition that used to not be out there so…

  3. Tom Bates Says:

    More of the usual distortions and outright lies. It is true the EPA is redoing its front page. The old page is still available if you click on Jan 19th link. The old page was the usual propaganda and doom and gloom all the fault of man , give me your money and first born son to make things right.

    • schwadevivre Says:

      Tom, as you fall for any fairy story sold to you by the deniers I don’t think you are really competent to comment or call anything propaganda

      The point is that ARCHIVED pages may be available but new visitors will not see those pages. Now crawl back into your shell

  4. Tom Bates Says:

    Incidentally if you look up the actual data. Hurricanes hitting the USA are down, most in 1886, none in 12 years. Per NOAA extreme events down since 1998. Per STAR data cooling for decades, UAH and RSS no warming for more than 10 years, per the insurance industry, less extreme weather pay out than average for six years and finally it snowed in the sahara this January, first time in 38 years.

    • Gingerbaker Says:

      Tom, you are so full of s**t, you’re eyes are brown.

      Please go away. We all hate you.

    • schwadevivre Says:

      “… hurricanes hitting the USA” – and there is your ignorance and bias in one phrase.

      The USA is not the world, check frequency and intensity of such storms worldwide – of you never check your lies, do you

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Bates is too busy watching sea level fall at Crescent City, CA, to look at the world. When your intellect is as stunted as his, it’s difficult to widen your horizons enough to see the big picture.

  5. smithpd1 Says:

    Peter,

    Would you kindly ban Tom Bates? Yeah, I know, he serves as an example of a denier, but incessant arguments with Bates destroy your comments sections. You need a better class of denier (or none at all). We all know that we can see his kind of garbage by going to WUWT. I come to your site for respite and truth.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      100% ditto to all that. The same goes double for the Russian Whore for Putin
      Vierotchka—-she goes beyond the category of “bad example” and into the realm of insanity—let her get her therapy somewhere else.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      Maybe he can contract out to Heartland for a visiting anti-scholar denier. Then when we get tired of arguing against all the SOS one has, he can get a new one.


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