Energy Department Orders Staff Not To Use Phrase Climate Change

Posted: Mar 31 2017, 7:38am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 31 2017, 7:42am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Energy Department Orders Staff Not to Use Phrase Climate Change
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  • Energy Department's climate office passes Strict Orders to Staff not to Use Word “Climate Change”

The US Energy Department's climate office has passed strict orders to its staff members not to use the word “climate change”.

One of the supervisors of the Energy Department gave orders to his staff not to use the words “climate change”, “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in their written memos.

The staff learnt of this new ban at a meeting which took place on Tuesday. This was the same time period in which Donald Trump ratified an agreement to roll back all the advances made by the Obama Administration regarding climate change.

Many officials in the various departments had stopped using some of the words that may offend the new people in the government. While some of them had not been given a list of banned words, they had taken the initiative and curtailed their linguistic repertoire in order to fit in.

The directions come straight from the Trump Administration which frowns on all things having to do with the environment, according to Politico. Trump is looking forward with great enthusiasm to reshuffling the government agencies.

The way President Obama spearheaded the use of clean energy for the future may all go down the drain thanks to Trump’s policies.

Several of the words and phrases that have been banned tend to lead to a knee-jerk response among many of the higher-ups that exist in the various departments.

However, a DOE spokeswoman has said on record that no such directives were issued regarding any sensitive words. Yet another member of the DOE spoke of how although there were no direct orders to avoid certain words, it was an understood thing that a few words that may stir controversy would have to be avoided.

Other words such as “careers” and “infrastructure” were in fact encouraged since they were a part of the scheme to “Make America Great Again”.

A somewhat serious mood prevailed over the atmosphere in the different departments. There was a general feeling that although it was not a case of George Orwell’s 1984 Newspeak, some words were best avoided since they reminded everyone of the previous administration’s environment-friendly policies.

A new era had dawned on the American political landscape and it meant that everything was about to change. One group of environmentalists in particular took umbrage at this new style of banning certain words. Its spokesperson used an expletive while addressing the issue and said that ignoring climate change will not make it go away.

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