Friday, 27 January 2017

Trump moves to bury the science of climate change

Alongside his flurry of executive orders (see below) Trump has also moved to curtail the freedom for US Agencies dealing with the science of climate change to announce their findings on their websites without “PoliticalReview” 
So you can expect their website information pages to be buried where you can’t find them and any new evidence to be similarly interred. I think that you can also expect their funding to be withdrawn unless it proves that climate change is not anthropogenic.
Spokespeople like Sean Spicer will soon be announcing that media reporting of climate change facts is biased and disloyal. He’ll almost certainly find some scientists who have been paid by the fossil fuel industry to muddy the waters with false statements to back him up.  If you can lie about the size of an inauguration crowd, rubbishing complicated science will be easy! 

Six journalists have already been arrested and charged with being in the area of the inauguration day riots.  We are at the beginning of George Orwell’s 1984 and the Ministry Of Truth.

In case you haven’t kept up here is a list of the executive orders signed by Trump in his first week of office as compiled by Fox News. My! Hasn’t he been busy!

•  Multi-pronged orders on border security and immigration enforcement including: the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall; the stripping of federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents; ending “catch-and-release” policies for illegal immigrants; and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships.

•  Two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipelines. He also signed three other related orders that would: expedite the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects related to the pipelines; direct the Commerce Department to streamline the manufacturing permitting process; and give the Commerce Department 180 days to maximize the use of U.S. steel in the pipeline.

•  An order to reinstate the so-called "Mexico City Policy" – a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortion. The policy was instituted in 1984 by President Reagan, but has gone into and out of effect depending on the party in power in the White House.

•  He signed a notice that the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Trump called the order "a great thing for the American worker."

•  An order imposing a hiring freeze for some federal government workers as a way to shrink the size of government. This excludes the military, as Trump noted at the signing.

•  An order that directs federal agencies to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare. It orders agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that imposes a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

What a loathsome man he is!


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