We’ve been noticing some changes to climate and science-related efforts. And by ‘changes,’ we mean censorship. That’s bad for our health, economy, children and democracy.
If you’ve had trouble keeping up, fear not. We’re keeping a list for you (let us know if we’re forgetting any!):
- Jan. 20, 2017 – At noon, as soon as Donald Trump took office, the White House website was scrubbed of any mention of climate change.
- Jan. 21, 2017 – The Interior Department reactivated its official Twitter accounts after an abrupt shutdown following shares of two tweets during the inauguration the agency considered unsympathetic to President Trump. One tweet featured a picture showing a picture of Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration appearing to draw a smaller crowd than Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. The second pointed out the omissions in the new White House website. The Interior Department apologized for the “mistaken” RTs.
- Jan. 23, 2017 – With little warning or explanation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently canceled a major climate change conference that had been scheduled for next month in Atlanta.
- Jan. 24, 2017 – Trump bans EPA employees from providing updates on social media or to reporters, bars awarding new contracts or grants.
- Jan. 24, 2017 – Defying Trump’s new social media policy, the Badlands National Park went rogue for a few hours and tweeted several scientific facts related to climate change — but the tweets were deleted as the White House apparently reeled in the wayward park. Some organizations took screenshots before they disappeared.
- Jan. 25, 2017 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees have been ordered by the Trump administration to remove the agency’s climate change webpage, a resource used by scientists and educators worldwide. The administration later backtracked.