The Associated Press and others are reporting that Donald Trump is prohibiting government employees in agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture, and Department of Interior, from communicating with the media. The move is seen by many as an effort to silence government scientists on the issue of climate change.
As reported by the AP: “The Trump administration has instituted what it described as a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.”
“Similar orders barring external communications have been issued by the Trump administration at other federal agencies in recent days, including the Agriculture and Interior departments.”
As reported by the Washington Post, in a brave assertion of the importance of science, objective fact and free speech, employees at the Badlands National Park tweeted the following in response to the speech ban: “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years.” The Tweet was quickly removed.