USDA Emails: Don't Use "Climate Change"

USDA Staff Are Now Supposed to Avoid Using the Term 'Climate Change'

The newspaper obtained a series of emails between staff at the department's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Climate change adaptation" should now be referred to as "resilience to weather extremes", while efforts to "reduce greenhouse gases" should be termed efforts to "build soil organic matter, [or] increase nutrient use efficiency".

In emails sent in February, a director is said to have asked staffers to change the wording of certain phrases, reportedly sparked by the Trump administration taking office. In another email, Jimmy Bramblett, deputy chief for programs at the NRCS, stated that "prudence" should be used when talking about greenhouse gases and that the agency's work on air quality in regards to the gases could be discontinued.

Hmm. Sounds like he's at least gotten wind of the changes, huh?

Experts are condemning the emails as part of the bigger picture concerning this administration's position on climate change and science more generally. This revision of language by the federal agency is being seen as an attempt to alter the way that climate change is framed, following the paradigm shift brought by the new administration.

The official said the agency isn't changing the way they operate "in any way, shape or form", including its approach to science or advice to farmers. Another employee, in response to the proposed word changes, said they'd "prefer to keep the language as is", noting the importance of "maintaining the 'scientific integrity of the work.'" But the employee did also note that the documents in discussion were meant for the "executive committee" and not public consumption.

On June 1, the president announced that the USA would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Trump Administration has officially told the United Nations the US plans to get out of the agreement. The forced change in the nomenclature is yet another step in the direction of making climate change seem like something that is not a serious issue at all - or rather, not even as much as an existing phenomenon - despite the countless unquestionable scientific proof about its presence and the danger it poses to the world we live in. She added that the fact that a government agency which reports about the air, water, soil and health of the country, itself, "must conform its reporting with the Trump administration's anti-science rhetoric, is appalling and unsafe for America". The outlet says they appear to show instances of climate change censorship.

Pruitt, one of the most controversial figures in the Trump administration, has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change - one of the main points of contention in his narrow confirmation by the Senate.

Agriculture is responsible for 15 percent of greenhouse emissions in the US, and one-third worldwide - making this an important agency in terms of climate change science.

He also pick Sam Clovis to be the USDA's top scientist.

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