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Trump Administration May Purge Climate Science

Scientists are copying data, expecting possible purge of climate science by the new administration. Hours after the new administration took office all references to global warming and climate change disappeared from the White House website. Several government agency websites posting information and reports on global warming were also taken down. Below are a few excerpts from the long article that came out in Forbes:

 

The moment Donald Trump took office on Friday, the official White House website was purged of all references to global warming and climate change science …

But the purge of the White House website is troubling for another reason. We scientists all over the country are worried, anticipating a massive scientific data purge by the new administration. Since the election, many scientists have been frantically copying data off of government sites, and from government databases, to prevent much of our public taxpayer-funded research from being lost or destroyed.

This purge of science is being accompanied by anticipated massive budget cuts to our scientific and research programs by the incoming Trump Administration …

It’s not like the new administration is going to start burning books or flushing files down the toilet, but website access will disappear, reports will be put in deep storage, and datasets will become more difficult to access, or will degrade in quality, as funding is cut from the agencies maintaining them…

Unfortunately, America has a growing movement against science, and against experts in any field, that is threatening the foundation of America’s power, both military and economic. It may be annoying to have reality burst one’s bubble, but wholesale ignorance of the real world will sink the United States as decidedly as a nuclear war. Our rivals, like China and Russia, are not being so irresponsible.

This is not just an academic fight. Severe weather over the last few years has shown weaknesses in America’s aging electrical infrastructure during events like a Polar Vortex. Climate science not only addresses global warming but has made ordinary weather prediction much more accurate, and has prepared us to better to handle extreme weather events, to better use of our water resources, even to increase crop yields…

In 2014, the Military Advisory Board came out with a report, called National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change, that discusses what the military sees as the threats of climate change and the actions to be taken to mitigate them:

“The potential security ramifications of global climate change should be serving as catalysts for cooperation and change. Instead, climate change impacts are already accelerating instability in vulnerable areas of the world and are serving as catalysts for conflict.”

<<Oops, this website was also taken down, but I did copy the information>> …

It means that we, as a nation, would be sliding further into the abyss where truth and lies have equal weight and science is just another ideology to ignore when it’s inconvenient. Unfortunately, the natural world doesn’t care whether you understand it or not. The wise saying is still true:

“Stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent’s blade.” (Read the full article)

 

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Fearing White House Purge Of Climate Science, Scientists Frantically Copying Data