How Far Will the Government go to Keep the Truth from Us?

It’s been an overwhelming first few days of Donald Trump’s administration. It’s hard to keep up with all of the news that’s coming out of the White House. The most alarming news didn’t come directly from the White House but from leaked information from the agencies that have had their communications limited.

According to Politico, the federal departments that have been issued varying degrees of communication bans are Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

Trump has made it clear in the past that he’s skeptical about the existence of climate change and has wasted no time in limiting what the EPA can do. One of his first acts as president was to freeze grants and contracts for the EPA. This “could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities,” The Washington Times reported.

At least 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is man-made. The reason Barack Obama put certain policies in place for climate change was to help protect this planet for future generations. I won’t negate the fact that it may hurt job creation but pursuing renewable energy sources will also create jobs and help protect the environment. Protecting the environment should be the priority.

It worries me that he’s already cracking down on climate change. Our planet doesn’t have time for that. We need to be doing what we can now. What worries me more is that this administration didn’t want the public to know that this was happening and that’s probably why they put the gag order in place.

The government is already restricting government employees on what they can inform the public on. We’ve been lied to and now they are just not telling us important changes. How can we have faith in the administration when they don’t respect us enough to tell us the truth?

Trump campaigned on draining the swamp and that he wasn’t a politician. He’s definitely not a politician but he’s not draining the swamp either. I still can’t believe how many people thought he was a man of the people. No one who has a gold elevator can be a man of the people and he’s proving that in his first days in office.

How far will this administration go to keep the truth from us? They’ve come up with “alternative facts,” say the president “believes” and now even just hiding the truth from us.

I’ve always believed that it was important to keep myself informed but now it’s even more important. Trump is very quickly enacting new policies and there are so many lies being spread around. I know politicians lie, but this is a new level of lying.

During All in with Chris Hayes on Tuesday night, Chris reported on a very creative way to fight back. The Badlands National Park posted a series of tweets that were all factual about climate change but against what the president believes. There’s one way to fight back: Tweet the facts. The tweets were later deleted and they said a former employee tweeted those posts. That’s a good way to cover it up and keep in good standing with their boss but I think their resistance was great and should be remembered.

 

The number one way you should be fighting back is contacting your representatives in congress but I think creative ways like the Badlands National park tweets are also great. We need to go back to basics with contacting our representatives and come up with creative ways to get our voices heard. Especially when our president is living in his own reality.

 

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