The National Park Service tells seaside national park to scrub mentions of climate change in its planning report

Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

According to e-mails obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting, a National Park Service official suggested that the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Massachusetts cut from its planning report all 16 references to climate change that were in the original draft. The park, commemorating the area's whaling history, sits on the coast and is vulnerable to climate change–induced flooding from sea level rise. A community planner in the NPS Northeastern office told the New Bedford superintendent that they've been told "to avoid any speculative language—like what ‘may’ happen in the future.” But remember, what may be speculative to the Trump administration concerning the potential consequences of climate change is near certainty to the scientific community. A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists outlines the threats to Massachusetts coastal communities. These climate scenarios, at the very least, are worth planning for. Alas, this peek inside the administration’s climate denialism is far from the first: A wave of science censorship is jeopardizing the integrity of our federal researchers and managers across the board.

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