On Tuesday President Trump shifted his all out assault on reality into full gear and decreed that the EPA would remove all data and references to climate change, global warming and sustainability from its website.
President Trump has apparently decided to go the Orwellian “memory hole” route when it comes to dealing with scientific data that conflicts with his own personal opinions.
It was not clear how the public was notified of this action by the Trump administration, as the EPA is currently being prohibited from communicating with the world, and President Trump did not comment on it directly.
Reuters cites an anonymous source from inside of the EPA as the basis of this report, and a day later further confirmation of this outrageous policy action was released by a former employee of the EPA who stated that all climate change data and mention of sustainability was to be purged from public record, effective immediately.
Just to recap, upon taking office President Trump freezes the EPA’s accounts, an action which immediately halted all grants and payments that in the last year were in excess of 10 billion dollars. At the same time, he issued a blanket gag-order for the entire EPA, that forbade them from communicating anything of what was going on with anyone outside of the agency.
And then, just a day later, the President apparently decided to instruct the EPA to rid itself of all information that mentions climate change or sustainability.
Of course, this is all based on leaked information, and President Trump has not said that he is purging climate data that relates to global warming.
But given his stance on climate change, and his obviously totalitarian modus operandi, I think it is safe to say that this information is accurate, and unfortunately this is just the beginning.
Trump has made any number of conflicting statements concerning many things, and climate change is one of them.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, he said in writing that he believed global warming to be “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non- competitive.”
He later said during a debate that he never claimed that climate change was Chinese in origin, and as the election day neared, he went further and said that climate change isn’t real at all.
And now, he has used his position as overseer of the EPA to literally take the whole agency black, prohibit all communication, and completely flip the message of an organization that is in essence based on scientific methodology.
Though we can’t be sure of anything, because the EPA is currently prohibited from making any kind of public statement whatsoever.
The most striking things about all of this are the both the shamelessness with which the President is acting, and also the speed.
He had been in office for less than two days when this blitzkrieg of anti-environmental policy began, and now he has one of the first, and arguably the most important environmental organizations on the planet completely in the dark, while being gutted with furious abandon.
This kind of behavior is what you might have seen during one of Stalin’s purges.
To see this kind of policy from a US President, especially when it concerns an environmental protection agency is horrifying.
With his pick for the new head of the EPA, and this sort of policy being used to “refocus” it, I will be amazed if the EPA doesn’t go into the oil drilling business for itself, and is then later taken public and merged with ExxonMobil.
I am sure that President Trump will hold all of the preferred shares prior to the merger, and would make a fortune on the deal.
This is shameless and wildly corrupt behavior from a megalomaniac who managed to get himself elected to one of the most powerful offices on the planet.
It has only been a week, and look at what he as done to make America “great again” so far.
President Trump is in charge of the nuclear arsenal as well you know, and he pledged to be “unpredictable” with it.
Fortunately we have just found an great way to cheaply remove radiation from water.
So at least there is that, for those of us who survive.