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Sep 11, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
1/ A national park in New England is the latest casualty of the Trump administration’s campaign to censor reports about climate change.

Here’s what went down … revealnews.org/article/nation…
2/ A year ago, the superintendent of @NewBedfordNPS, a coastal national park in Massachusetts, signed off on her park’s “foundation document,” a 50-page booklet outlining New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s natural and historic treasures and the threats they face.
3/ We filed a Freedom of Information Act (#FOIA) request and got a copy of the draft.

It included 16 references to climate change and the risks posed by its effects: sea level rise, flooding and increased stormwater.
4/ Park service regional officials returned the draft, warning the park’s managers to avoid mentions of climate change and other “sensitive language that may raise eyebrows” with the Trump administration.
5/ Sections of the document that mentioned climate change were highlighted in yellow, like this:
6/ All 16 references to “climate change” were omitted in the final foundation document for @NewBedfordNPS, dated June 2018.
7/ A spokesman for the park service says climate change does play a role in planning documents, which are reviewed “to ensure that they are consistent with current policy and directives.”
8/ This editing follows a trend of the Trump administration sidelining and censoring science at environmental and public health agencies.
9/ In April, we exposed park service managers attempting to erase references to the human causes of climate change from scientific research projecting sea level rise and storm surge at 118 national parks. revealnews.org/article/wipeou…
10/ In July, we also found that Trump appointees ordered the acting park service chief to rescind a policy that elevated science in decision making at the parks. revealnews.org/blog/top-inter…
11/ Reporter @ShogrenE is our D.C. reporter for our (Un)Scientific Method project. To get her stories delivered straight to you, sign up for our newsletter: revealnews.org/newsletter

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