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PostSubject: Fearing White House Purge Of Climate Science, Hysterical Scientists Frantically Copying Data   Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:53 pm

The moment Donald Trump took office on Friday, the official White House website was purged of all references to global warming and climate change science.



In its place is an energy plan to increase development of fossil fuels, get rid of regulations, open up public lands and parks to drilling and mining, free us from dependence on foreign oil and lower the cost of energy.

This is weird: Energy in America is the cheapest itís ever been in our history, and itís unlikely to get much cheaper without hurting our own oil and gas companies. There is a price below which you canít make money.

The United States is producing more oil and gas than ever before, and we are not really dependent on foreign oil anymore. We import less oil than at anytime since 1970, and most of what we import is from Canada, not Saudi Arabia.

But the purge of the White House website is troubling for another reason. We scientists all over the country are worried, anticipating a massive scientific data purge by the new administration. Since the election, many scientists have been frantically copying data off of government sites, and from government databases, to prevent much of our public taxpayer-funded research from being lost or destroyed.

This purge of science is being accompanied by anticipated massive budget cuts to our scientific and research programs by the incoming Trump Administration, especially targeting the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Geological Survey.

Itís not like the new administration is going to start burning books or flushing files down the toilet, but website access will disappear, reports will be put in deep storage, and datasets will become more difficult to access, or will degrade in quality, as funding is cut from the agencies maintaining them.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/01/22/white-house-begins-purging-climate-change-science/#63e421491d5b
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