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Can Trump muzzle science? The Climate Minute Podcast
Hi all. You may have noticed that we have had a technical glitch posting today's show. Here is another try, with the file intended to be put up earlier today. Sorry for any confusion. The Trump Administration is undermining the credibility of US science by attempting to suppress data and modifying the next “National Climate Assessment” so that the science doesn't seem as dire. It is that equally heartening (NCA provides legal basis to attack Trump's dismantling of climate protections) and maddening (Trump is therefore trying to adjust the next NCA so it loses its teeth and can't be used against bad policy.) In particular, the efforts will 1) Force the USGS to model climate effect only thru 2040, hiding the truly bad effects that come later 2) Eliminate the ‘worst case’ scenario in future reports 3) Resurrect the idea of a White House Panel to review (and distort) the science. All this is in keeping with the latest press release that renames natural gas as ‘freedom gas’ and ‘molecules of freedom.’ After the chuckles die down, we consider the role of branding. Why not call solar panels “Patriot Panels?” Finally, we discuss the upcoming all generation climate strike slated for September 20. This is your opportunity to take action, wherever you are! Listen in.
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