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Don't say 'climate change', Trump administration tells its Department of Agriculture: Guardian

09 August 2017

WIKIMEDIA, JONATHAN BILLINGERInstead of "climate change", staff at the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were told to use the term "weather extremes", according to agency emails described by The Guardian yesterday (August 7).

The director of soil health division at NRCS, Bianca Moebius-Clune, listed terms that staff should avoid and provided words that they should be replaced with in an email sent out in February.

Apparently, U.S. Department of Agriculture staff are now supposed to say "weather extremes" instead. Instead, they have been told to call it "weather extremes".

The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term "reduce greenhouse gases" blacklisted in favour of "build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency".

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The director also added that a colleague in the agency's public affairs department recommended to "stamp down on discretionary messaging right now".

Despite the emails, the agency says the incoming Trump administration did not request the language change. As the cost of firefighting skyrockets and flooding devastates harvests in the northeast, the government's crackdown on coherent policies based on proven science continues apace, and extends, unfortunately, far beyond the already disintegrating Environmental Protection Agency.

Basically, any reference to climate change or Carbon dioxide is a no-no.

"To think that federal agency staff who report about the air, water and soil that sustains the health of our nation must conform their reporting with the Trump administration's anti-science rhetoric is appalling and unsafe for America and the greater global community". "Please visit with your staff and make them aware of this shift in perspective within the executive branch".

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"We would prefer to keep the language as is", said one of the emails adding the need to keep "scientific integrity of the work". But it appears that actual scientists are feeling the chilling effect of the U.S. administration's public position on climate change being a "hoax" that "is done for the benefit of China".

The appointment of Sam Clovis as the USDA's chief scientist is another part of that movement; Clovis said he is "extremely skeptical" of climate change and claimed that "a lot of the science is junk science", The Hill reported.

President Donald Trump has questioned climate change since he took office and his administration officially announced on Friday the United States' intention to withdraw from Paris climate accord.

US agriculture is a major source of heat-trapping gases, with 15 percent of the country's emissions deriving from farming practices.

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Don't say 'climate change', Trump administration tells its Department of Agriculture: Guardian