USDA Staff Are Now Supposed to Avoid Using the Term 'Climate Change'

Report The USDA won’t let its staff use the phrase “climate change” in any of its work

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt attends

An email obtained by CNN advised Natural Resources Conservation Service employees to avoid the term "Climate Change" and to instead use "Weather Extremes".

Four days into the Trump presidency, Jimmy Bramblett, deputy chief of science and technology at the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)-which "provides America's farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to put conservation on the ground, not only helping the environment but agricultural operations, too", according to its website-sent out an email offering guidance with regard to the "priorities of our new administration".

A missive from Bianca Moebius-Clune, director of soil health, lists terms that should be avoided by staff and those that should replace them. Instead, they have been told to call it "weather extremes". And "sequester carbon"-the process of capturing carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change-would also be referred to as "build soil organic matter". The first email obtained by the Guardian, sent by NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs Jimmy Bramblett on January 24, advised of the new administration's "shift in perspective" with regard to climate change.

Mr Trump has, at various points, called climate change a Chinese hoax and openly promoted the U.S. oil, gas, and coal sectors. "Please visit with your staff and make them aware of this shift in perspective within the executive branch".

In April, the Department of the Interior's landing page on climate change was scrubbed of most of the information it once had pertaining to the widespread impact of climate change.

On February 16, Moebius-Clune explained to staff that "we won't change the modelling, just how we talk about it - -there are a lot of benefits to putting carbon back in the [soil], climate mitigation is just one of them".

The NRCS' site section on climate change has remained unchanged.

Alarmed by the White House politics toward climate change, US scientists drafted an alarming report which concludes that temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980, as reported in The New York Times.

The Center for Biological Diversity is now suing several government agencies, including the EPA and State Department, to force them to release information on the "censoring" of climate change verbiage.

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.

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