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Old 10th January 2018, 10:22 PM
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Old 10th January 2018, 10:55 PM
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The official in charge of awarding EPA science grants doesn’t want to see the words “climate change”

ZoŽ Schlanger September 05, 2017

News of language changes is popping up across several US agencies.

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The person who makes the final decision on grant funding at the US Environmental Protection Agency agency is a political operative who doesn’t want to see “the double C-word”—climate change—in grant applications, according to EPA staff who spoke with the Washington Post.

John Konkus is former aide to then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Now, his official role is in the EPA’s public affairs office, where he reviews each grant the EPA gives out, despite little environmental policy background. According to the Post, EPA staffers say that Konkus “repeatedly has instructed grant officers to eliminate references to the [climate change] in solicitations.”

Former EPA officials who served under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush called the move unusual.

“We didn’t do a political screening on every grant, because many of them were based on science, and political appointees don’t have that kind of background,” former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman, who served under Bush, told the Washington Post.

The report comes after a scientist from Northeastern University posted an email to Facebook in which a US Department of Energy staffer asked her to cut mentions of “climate change” and “global warming” from her grant application. (The Department of Energy denied having a systematic ban on “climate change,” but did not specifically deny or confirm the validity of the email). Employees at the US Department of Agriculture have also been asked to avoid terms including “climate change” going forward, and replace them with less-specific terminology like “weather extremes
Trump appointed Scott Pruitt for boss of the EPA. His constituency is the oil and gas industry. He hates environment protection. Fears God. Serves the Man.

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Where's the obligatory link GM?
Sorry, my bad.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health...t_the_cdc.html

There's a bunch of others, but that one pretty much covers it, or provides links. What it seems to come down to is a combination of a style guide from HHS (Health and Human Services, the parent body that oversees the CDC), and recommendations from within the CDC that if you want to get grants, maybe avoid using these hot-button terms that the idiots currently in charge of the money freak the fuck out about. Use other terms that mean the same thing, because they're idiots and will be tricked by such an otherwise transparent ploy.

I'm not saying that it isn't worrying, or worth worrying about. It amounts to a sort of prophylactic self-censorship which can easily play into the hands of autocrats and fascists if not closely attended. But I do think it's important to be accurate in our awareness of events, and scrupulous in parsing them. And truth be told, I doubt the Trump administration could find its arse with both hands for long enough to come up with a list of banned words for the CDC. That attributes a level of awareness to them that is far too flattering. Trump doesn't even know what the CDC does, let alone have any conception of censoring them.

The first inkling we'll have that the Trump administration even knows the CDC exists will be Trump tweeting some fucktardery about "The failing CDC, who can't even stop the common cold, wants to keep pumping mercury into our kids whilst autism rates are the biggest ever! Sad!" Motherfucker's barely got seven words in his vocabulary. Expecting him to make a list is ambitious.
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Old 12th January 2018, 12:20 AM
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Yes they wouldn't know it if their collective arse was on fire, which it is.

A sober analysis by Daniel Engber in Slate. Thanks GM.

He says in the face of the war on funding by Trump's Administration, for scientists applying for their funding to the Office of Management and Funding in the White House it necessitates a doublespeak strategy. Just nuts.

I surmise the OMF bureaucracy dudgeons (Dawkins word) wouldn't have read Kahneman, so they lack insight into their suggestibility.
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