Another skirmish in war on science; Trump team changes energy information on children educational website

References to the well-documented damage from coal and hydraulic fracturing are among changes made on the “Energy Kids” website.

See article in ProPublica: https://www.propublica.org/article/childs-play-team-trump-rewrites-a-department-of-energy-website-for-kids

 

Examples of changes:

 

** On a page dedicated to coal, the following sentences were deleted: “In the United States, most of the coal consumed is used as a fuel to generate electricity. Burning coal produces emissions that adversely affect the environment and human health.”

 

** “There are environmental concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing” became “Hydraulic fracturing has some effects on the environment.”

 

**   Deleted:

“The United States, with 4 percent of the world’s population, produced about 17 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels in 2011, the most recent year for which global data are available. The United States has the world’s largest economy and meets 83 percent of its energy needs by burning fossil fuels.”

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