Censoring Environmental Information

Website of US Environmental Protection Agency

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (website)

URL: https://epa.gov/climatechange/ (Accessed August 23, 2018)

Screenshot, August 23, 2018

 

Website of US Environmental Protection Agency (Status: April 22, 2016)

Source: Internet Archive, Wayback Machine (website)

URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20160422043528/https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ (Accessed September 12, 2018)

Screenshot, September 12, 2018

 

 

A consensus has grown among scientists that climate change is a serious issue. Nonetheless the US Environmental Protection Agency removed its page specifically on climate change <https://epa.gov/climatechange/> in 2017. Other pages on climate change are still available, but Time Magazine notes that “The EPA’s site is now riddled with missing links, redirecting pages and buried information. Over the past year, terms like “fossil fuels”, “greenhouse gases” and “global warming” have been excised.” (Barron, 2018) There is good reason to believe that the missing information is a deliberate form of censorship by the administration.

 

References

 

Barron, Laignee. “Here’s What the EPA’s Website Looks Like After a Year of Climate Change Censorship.” Time, March 1, 2018. http://time.com/5075265/epa-website-climate-change-censorship/.

 

Schwartz, John. “Court Dismisses Exxon’s Effort to Block Climate Investigation.” The New York Times, March 29, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/climate/exxon-climate-change.html.

 

United States Environmental Protection Agency. “EPA’s Role in International Climate Adaptation.” Accessed September 12, 2018. https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/epas-role-international-climate-adaptation.

 

United States Environmental Protection Agency. “Website of US Environmental Protection Agency.” Accessed September 12, 2018. https://epa.gov/climatechange/.

 

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