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Summary Audit: Executive Branch Websites Promoting Global Warming Alarmism and Propaganda

December 20, 2018

Federal agency websites should only contain scientific facts about climate change, not left-wing propaganda. This means numerous existing websites must be corrected to reflect climate realism or taken down altogether.

In multiple federal agencies, political operatives posing as civil servants continue to propagate numerous global warming myths and alarmist claims, even though President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he and his administration are committed to promoting climate realism. For example, many federal agency websites that address climate topics aggressively push the assertion global warming is a human-caused crisis resulting from fossil-fuel use.

Federal agency websites should only contain scientific facts about climate change, not left-wing propaganda. This means numerous existing websites must be corrected to reflect climate realism or taken down altogether. Making these reforms to government websites would not only remove bias promoting dubious scientific claims from websites paid for by taxpayers, many of whom don’t believe humans are causing catastrophic climate change, it would also put an end to the publication of embarrassing media stories alleging the Trump administration’s own agencies contradict and disagree with the president on climate change. “You have scientists on both sides” of the global warming debate, Trump observed in an October 2018 interview with the Associated Press.

Despite the fact Trump has made it clear he sides with skeptics of the theory of catastrophic man-created climate change, executive branch webpages continue to undermine the president by presenting propaganda rather than objective scientific data.

The following is a partial list and overview of federal agency webpages that continue to push global warming alarmism, often conflicting directly with statements made by President Trump. This overview is merely the tip of the iceberg, and there are many additional webpages that require review and updating. However, even this small sample illustrates the widespread politicization of science on federal agency websites, which undercuts the views of the chief executive.

For context and comparison, much of the scientific propaganda documented below explicitly cites and advances the political views expressed by President Barack Obama. Federal agencies under the Obama administration politicized what should be objectively educational reports and webpages. This audit aims to roll back the politicization of these federal resources.

From the audit’s examination of the NASA climate website:

* Its climate portal pushes the thoroughly debunked claim that 97% of scientists agree that humans are causing catastrophic global warming and “favorably cites thoroughly debunked claims by radical global warming activists John Cook and Naomi Oreskes” and the leftist advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists.

* The most troubling propaganda appears on the Climate Kids sub-portal, which is clearly designed to brainwash children into believing in climate alarmism. It includes approximately a dozen interactive games promoting left-wing environmentalism and global warming alarmism. The sub-portal provides very little scientific information.

* The NASA website is also “teaching children radical left-wing political propaganda that the invention of the steam engine was a horrible development and the Industrial Revolution made people’s lives worse.”

From the audit’s examination of the NOAA climate website:

* The “Teaching Climate” sub-portal has an especially egregious section titled “Teaching Essential Principle Seven: Climate Change Will Have Consequences for the Earth System and Human Lives.” The webpage warns that without proper teaching and messaging, students and the public might “succumb to [climate change] denial.”

* The webpage then asserts numerous false warming scares, such as “dying forests” and “species extinction.” The entire “Teaching Climate” portal should be rewritten or taken down.

From the audit’s examination of the DOE website:

* The website promotes wind and solar and trashes coal, oil, and natural gas.

* On its “Fossil Fuels” page, DOE states at the outset, “Fossil energy sources, including oil, coal and natural gas, are non-renewable resources.” Defining fossil fuels first and foremost as “non-renewable” is pointless, misleading, and unjustifiably negative. America has sufficient oil, coal, and natural gas resources to power our economy for hundreds of years.

* An additional climate change suite in the DOE portal piles on with unsubstantiated climate alarmism to justify the portal’s cheerleading for renewable energy at the expense of fossil fuels.

* The alarmist climate propaganda and anti-fossil-fuel rhetoric throughout the DOE portal defies sound science and undermines the policy priorities and messaging of the Trump administration. The entire portal should be edited and rewritten.

From the audit’s examination of the Department of Agriculture website:

* A page in the USDA portal titled “Food Security” states, “Climate change is likely to diminish continued progress on global food security through production disruptions that lead to local availability limitations and price increases, interrupted transport conduits, and diminished food safety, among other causes. Climate change can affect food availability, access, utilization, and the stability of each of these over time.” These claims are false. U.S. and global crop production set new records nearly every year.

From the audit’s examination of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) website:

* USGCRP issued its most recent National Climate Assessment report in November 2017, nearly a full year into the Trump administration. Its authors make over-the-top global warming claims that contradict Trump’s views and sound science. The USGCRP’s “Resources for Educators” page is a particularly nefarious webpage that promotes alarmism to teachers and students.