Recently released emails show that the Trump Administration has attempted to censor the language used by employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) around climate change. Rather than using the term “climate change,” workers were directed to reference “weather extremes.” Employees were also told to use “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency” instead of “reducing greenhouse gases.”
The newly released emails come on the heels of the New York Times publishing a draft government report on climate change. The climate change report, which was completed by scientists from 13 federal agencies, indicates that recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years. Furthermore, the report concludes that “evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.” According to news reports, scientists leaked the unpublished report out of fear that the Trump Administration will try to suppress it.
What do you think? Should the Trump Administration censor climate change language?
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