Maybe George Orwell was farsighted. Mr. #trump’s questionable actions are becoming increasingly worrying. After radically changed the official website of the White House - deleting sections dedicated to climate change and to the LGBT community -, the president-elect Donald Trump continues to take controversial measures ordering to entire federal public bodies not to release public communications, including the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Agency for Environmental Protection (EPA). All publishing requests from these three American organizations must be preventively submitted before publication to verify them, and eventually to have the permission to be released.

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In an Orwellian move of blatant institutional censure, President Trump made matters worse for EPA, forcing a media blackout to all members of the agency, including blogs, updates on the website and post on social media, including the Facebook official page and the Twitter profile.

Years of work done on climate change will disappear

"If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," one of the EPA staff members declares to Reuters, adding that some employees have tried to preserve some of the information on the website or at least to convince the Trump administration to not delete parts of it.

The website contains thousands of data about greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the report called "Climate Change Indicators" which describes trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest scientific society in the world, said that many federal agencies were protected by regulations which "prohibit political interferences" when it came to pass on information to the public. It was not enough, apparently.

Trump and the brilliant moves

With a masterstroke worthy of Stalin or Kim Jong-un, Mr. Trump nominated Scott Pruitt, a well-known denier about the existence of the climate change, administrator of EPA. The stroke of genius is that Scott Pruitt is an old enemy of EPA, suing the agency for 14 times. Maybe, to Mr. Trump seems obviously the most logical choice, a bit as if Uncle Scrooge put to guard his Deposit one of the Beagle Boys. The US Senate, with a Republican majority, has not yet officially confirmed the choice of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump has had a dispute with journalists and the press since a while, and he doesn't consider climate change as a real thing, but the fact to censure scientists who do not express opinions, but mere facts, are chilling news.

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