Just moments after Donald Trump took the oath of office as president of the United States, two websites disappeared from the internet. The new regime has begun.
The first of the two websites to vanish was the White House’s webpage on climate change, which went from an educational page on scientific developments and current legislation on carbon emissions and climate change to just a big dead link.
Scientists warned ahead of Trump’s inauguration that the data on global warming needed protection from a Trump administration. Bobby Magill, a senior science writer for Climate Central, said in December that:
‘Websites maintained by the federal government are among the first online stops for the general public — from students, local policymakers and everyone else — to learn about climate change. There is rising concern among scientists and climate communications experts that those websites may be among the first to be deleted, politicized or degraded with inaccurate climate information after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, all of which would impact the public’s understanding of the science and urgency of climate change.’
Trump made his feelings about climate change warnings known by appointing climate change deniers and big oil money tycoons to his cabinet, but snatching data that the public relies on to stay informed is a bold and frightening move.
The other website to noticeably just disappear once Trump took office was a link to the Department of Labor’s report on Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights.
The move came as somewhat of a surprise considering that Trump professed to be LGBTQ-friendly during his convention speech.
‘As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens.’
Apparently, protecting the LGBTQ citizens now living in a country with one of the worst homophobes in politics as vice president doesn’t include protecting their rights in the workplace.
The implications of the two websites’ disappearance are many. Most importantly, the information age is officially under attack with a climate change denier-in-chief and a ruling party that has long fought to restrict the rights of LGBTQ folks. Where those who support legislation to combat climate change and those who advocate for LGBTQ rights were once able combat right-wingers by hitting them with facts and evidence, the proof of that evidence will no longer be available to us. Thanks, Trump.
For more on Trump’s views on climate change, see video below:
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