Instead of saying "climate change adaptation", U.S. Department of Agriculture staff were requested to use "resilience to weather extremes", and "reduce greenhouse gases" was replaced by "build soil organic matter" or "increase nutrient use efficiency", The Guardian reported. Jimmy Bramblett, the Natural Resources Conservation Service's deputy chief for programs, sent an email in January to many senior officials that hinted there may be a change in priority and policy because of President Trump.
Goodbye climate change. Hello "weather extremes".
"I would like to know correct terms I should use instead of climate changes and anything to do with carbon", said one employee. The director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, also wrote in the February correspondence that "build soil organic matter" should replace "reduce greenhouse gases" and "sequester carbon".
Moebius-Clune shared that the new language was given to her staff and suggests it be passed on.
A spokesperson for the NRCS confirmed the veracity of the emails to Gizmodo over the phone and insisted that no one from the Trump administration has put any pressure on the agency to change its approach to climate change or its acknowledgement of the real world effects of climate change.
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"We won't change the modeling", one NRCS official wrote.
"We would prefer to keep the language as is", said one of the emails adding the need to keep "scientific integrity of the work".
The emails, dated from earlier in 2017, were sent internally to staffers at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a small agency at the USDA that's tasked with maintaining the health of U.S. soil, air, and water for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. In June, Trump pulled the USA out of the Paris climate agreement has continuously promised to bring back coal. "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.
Trump himself showed what he thought of climate change when he announced in June that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Accord climate agreement.
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.