Climate change is disappearing from US government websites, and from research, too. The EPA’s climate change web page was retired in April to “reflect the priorities of the EPA under the leadership of President Trump.” And 214 days later, the page is still not accessible.
Although there is still an archived version, missing pages, PDF files and entire sections, such as the Student Guide to Global Climate Change.
It’s not just the EPA: mentions of climate change have disappeared from government websites in all areas, from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Transportation.
And now, it is disappearing from science itself. A NPR report found that scientists have begun to omit the term “climate change” from public summaries of their research. National Science Foundation grants on the subject have fallen 40 percent this year. Meanwhile, the euphemisms such as “extreme weather” and “environmental change” seem to be pujants.
Given President Trump’s open hostility to climate change, it is not surprising that his administration has begun an era of self-censorship, where agency staff and scientists become careful with the issue to protect their funding and research. Welcome, explicitly or implicitly, to the new censorship of science.