Monday, July 3, 2017

Samenow tees off

Did you miss this editorial from the Washington Post's weather writer, Jason Samenow?

I worked on the EPA’s climate change website. Its removal is a declaration of war.

Read the whole thing, but here are some highlights:

"To me, a scientist who managed this [climate change] website for more than five years, its removal signifies a declaration of war on climate science by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. There can be no other interpretation. I draw this conclusion as a meteorologist with a specialization in climate science and as an independent voter who strives to keep my political and scientific views separate."
"To be perfectly clear, it is any administration’s prerogative to revise or archive Web pages that relate to policies and programs it is no longer pursuing. For example, Pruitt’s move to archive material on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan was totally justified; the Trump administration has shelved the policy.

But there is no justification for political interference with authoritative, carefully vetted scientific information. Neither the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nor NASA has altered its online climate science content — which is not substantively different than material on the EPA’s site. They are not currently run by political appointees."
Exactly right.  The scummy Trumpies haven't gone gunning for the climate change info at NASA or NOAA -- yet.  But I think they will eventually.

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