USDA Emails Suggested Employees Not To Use 'Climate Change,' But 'Weather Extremes'

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"It has become clear one of the previous administration's priorities is not consistent with that of the incoming administration". He says his department "has not received direction from USDA or the Administration to modify its communications on climate change or any other topic".

On Monday, The Guardian reported that they'd obtained emails that had explicit instructions from USDA officials to NRCS staffers to use language like "weather extremes" instead of "climate change".

A missive from Bianca Moebius-Clune, director of soil health, lists terms that should be avoided by staff and those that should replace them.

Less than a month after Bramblett's email, NRCS staffer Tim Hafner sent him a report draft, and said: "I would like to know the correct terms I should use instead of Climate Changes and anything to do with Carbon...."

Also included in the substituted terms were "climate change adaptation", "reduce greenhouse gases" and "sequester carbon", all coming with alternate phrasing. "I want to ensure to incorporate correct terminology that the agency has approved to use". But the USDA insisted that it's not intending to obscure data and studies, and that similar procedures had been executed under other administrations. "This was never the case and USDA interim procedures will allow complete, objective information for the new policy staff reviewing policy decisions".

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The move comes just after Donald Trump officially notified the United Nations of the U.S. withdrawal from the global Paris Agreement on climate change, an accord signed by almost 200 countries in December 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help poorer countries adapt to an already changed planet.

The emails, dated from earlier in 2017, were sent internally to staffers at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a small agency at the USDA that's tasked with maintaining the health of U.S. soil, air, and water for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. As the cost of firefighting skyrockets and flooding devastates harvests in the northeast, the government's crackdown on coherent policies based on proven science continues apace, and extends, unfortunately, far beyond the already disintegrating Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump's top officials have gone to battle against climate change, with EPA chief Scott Pruitt challenging the notion and wanting scientists to debate climate on TV, it was revealed in July.

In May, CBD launched a lawsuit against the administration "to uncover public records showing that federal employees have been censored from using words or phrases related to climate change in formal agency communications".

According to emails obtained by The Guardian, staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been informed that they should change their language when referring to climate change.

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