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The Government Talks Differently About Climate Change Under Trump

Government websites have either altered or scrubbed references to climate change since President Trump took office.

By Ethan Weston | January 11, 2018

Reports that the Trump administration banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using certain words may have been exaggerated. But recent research shows some government agencies have changed their language online. 

A report out Wednesday shows how government agencies have scrubbed or altered references to climate change and related topics from federal websites. 

The changes affect multiple departments, including ones not obviously associated with environmental issues, like the Department of Transportation. 

Many of the alterations have been noted before. But the authors of the report — a coalition of academics and nonprofits — hope to hold the government accountable by collecting them in one report.