Trump had just muzzled the Environmental Protection Agency, and now he's putting a gag order on the USDA.
Donald Trump has only been in office a few days, and he’s already been muzzling government agencies left and right. Fresh off putting a gag order on the Environmental Protection Agency, he’s now demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its 2,000 scientists keep quiet and not share any information or scientific papers to the public.
It’s a somewhat strange decision as the USDA isn’t really a big player in environmental issues, although it does oversee the U.S. Forest Service. It also examines the impacts of genetically modified foods and pesticides, and under Obama is examined the release of methane from cattle.
Its appointed head, former George Gov. Sonny Perdue, is critical of climate change, as many of Trump’s cabinet appointees have been. He said in a National Review article that “It’s becoming a running joke among the public.and liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.”
Here is what the White House website says about environmental issues. “Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil. For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”