Media Perpetuates ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Trump Will Delete Climate Change Data

With the media so worried about “fake news” in a “post-truth” world, it is astounding so many news outlets are perpetuating the unsubstantiated claim that the Trump administration might delete taxpayer-owned climate change data from the internet.

There is absolutely no evidence President-elect Donald Trump will wipe such data from the public domain, and speculation to that end is arguably a futile exercise in fear-mongering.

The claim was first made in a Mashable article by an environmental activist who opposes Trump’s energy agenda and quotes Michael Halperin, an activist with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Mashable reported on a questionnaire supposedly sent by Trump’s transition team to the Department of Energy asking for a list of websites maintained by federal laboratories.

Based on that question, Mashable’s Andrew Freedman editorialized that it’s “unclear what that question is for, but it raises the possibility that websites dedicated to climate change, including data sets from Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, could be taken offline.”

Halperin warned that anyone “who relies on publicly available federal government research and information should take steps to ensure that they download what they need before the new administration steps in.”

Pressed by Cato Institute meteorologist Ryan Maue, Freedman admitted the claim was based on “inference” and not anything Trump’s transition team had actually said. Trump’s team has since disavowed the questionnaire, saying it was not authorized by them.

But it was too late. Climate scientist and Slate columnist Eric Holthaus started a Google Doc, and asked people to fill it with climate data “you don’t want to see disappear,” after which, media headlines started to appear.

The Washington Post ran the headline “Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump.” The Post even published an op-ed by climate scientist and activist Eric Holthaus on why he’s “trying to preserve federal climate data before Trump takes office.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow similarly reported, “Scientists scramble to secure climate data, fearing Trump purge.”

NPR sat down with Holthaus in an interview headlined “Scientists Race To Preserve Climate Change Data Before Trump Takes Office.”

Even the Golden Gate state is reacting. California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that California would “launch its own damn satellites” if Trump tampered with climate data. He made these remarks at a major scientific conference full of scientists and activists worried about Trump’s science agenda.

To his credit, Holthaus admitted he didn’t think Trump would delete climate data out of malice, but such data would be left behind due to sharp budget cuts.

“People that work there are going to have to make tough choices, and maybe that means not being able to maintain data sets in the same way that they have over the last several years,” Holthaus told NPR.

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    amirlach

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    What they really are afraid of is Trump finally making those records open and accountable. The end is near, for the fraudsters.

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      Get Real

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      That’s what I was going to say.

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    Amber

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    The climate delete data conspirators are part of the same group of clowns that wasted over $3 million on the Wisconsin recount that concluded with Trump getting more votes . Everyone will now get a chance to get access to the failed climate model projects and NASA “adjusted ” temperatures . The only people deleting them will be the chefs that whipped up the mann made numbers .
    California can’t afford firecrackers let alone a satellite . Another Brown huff and puff .
    Science is all about showing your work so lets hope the model fabricators don’t hit delete button .

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    Choey

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    If anyone deletes climate data it will be the pseudoscientists themselves so that it can’t be used to charge them with fraud.

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    Amber

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    The Democrats lost but the MSM put the nail in their credibility coffin . As they work through the stages of grief it is apparent some have a way to go . Once the race baiting , bought and paid for “civil unrest ” , ballot recounts , Russian hacking ,
    and deleted climate data come and go there will be more propaganda because reality is just to hard to accept .
    The public cannot be told how to think and that just wrecks the current “journalist ” model . At least we know who the real Deniers are .

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    ninetyninepct

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    Fake panic mode by the snowflakes and the alt-leftists. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. We can be quite certain that the snowflakes will spend a lot of time and effort burning up electricity, thereby creating tons of pollution, to desperately manipulate and delete anything they don’t like.

    No climate information can now be believed because of this alt-left hacking. Every single file will be hacked and at best will be suspect. Guess we will have to start all over again and actually rely on satellite data and real science. This alone will cause the hackers to shit themselves. The climate changes. That is what it does. Nobody denies it except the alt-left, cupcakes and snowflakes trying to hide in their safe spaces. Gore, Screwzuki, Dogwood Initiative, Tides and their clone Tides Canada and the IPCC have wasted multi-billions and will now be lined up, fighting for a new place at the trough. I suspect this is deliberate. It is amazing how many supposedly intelligent people can’t think for themselves. One more step towards One World Government.

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    JayPee

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    The MSM will lie, and lie, and lie endlessly
    for they have an agenda.
    It matters not that their circulation is falling
    their ratings plummeting
    their esteem disappearing
    their subscription evaporating
    their relevance unacknowledged
    yet they go blazingly forth as the
    propaganda arm of the
    American Communist Party
    who call themselves
    DEMOCRATS !

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