Because President-elect Donald Trump picked Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, climate scientists are frantic a Trump administration will come in and ‘erase’ their data and web pages. Despite an administration’s right to set goals for each agency just as President #Obama did eight years ago, that hasn’t stopped academics from encouraging government climate scientists from backing up their data to unsecured third-party servers. Case in point is the University of Toronto offering to save federal climate data.
The University is calling it the "Guerrilla Archiving Event" to preserve EPA data. It’s being led by two professors calling on all citizens to choose between caring for Trump, #Climate Change data, or the environment. They are asking for volunteers to join in on the one-day 'hackathon' event before Trump takes office. One skill they're looking for: “Hackers to figure out how to extract data and URLs from databases.”
It all began when activists started a #fake news story claiming a Trump administration would delete or tamper with climate data, which prompted some to start downloading their data to private servers and Google spreadsheets. Interestingly, when a taxpayer did request NOAA temperature data, the fee came to $260,000 due to the complexity and significant resources involved in gathering the data.
The University of Toronto goes on to describe the project as an attempt to archive federal online pages and databases that are in danger of going ‘missing’ after Trump takes office. On its Facebook page, one activity listed is using “hacking scripts to make accessible to the 'WebCrawler' hard to reach databases.” They claim the Trump transition team has made it clear the EPA and other environmental programs are “ripe for the chopping block.”
Trump has already stated he will be a champion of clean air and water and would delegate the job of issuing regulations to congress, which is its purview. Currently, Obama has bypassed the legislative branch altogether and used his federal agencies to create new global warming programs despite ongoing efforts to find out exactly how much he has spent. Trump has been clear he would use an all-of-the-above energy approach and use sound science to make decisions. That’s what got him elected in coal-producing states.
More data, not less
Despite all this, Eric Worrall at the science site “Watts Up With That?” says the crux of the fight between skeptics and climate organizations has been about getting scientists to release their data. Skeptics, he said, have been asking for more data, not less. Even the EPA bases many of its rules on ‘secret science,’ which it refuses to share with congress or the public.
Worrall points out the Climategate emails—hacked emails from the University of East Anglia—which revealed prominent climate scientists actively trying to avoid disclosing its data. By using a variety of methods, such as using legal maneuvering and U.N. mandates to avoid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, they deliberately concealed and even deleted emails and files that didn’t fit the global warming narrative.
An oversight body that reviewed the Climategate emails determined FOIA requests were intentionally thwarted and scientists were encouraging other colleagues to delete emails to prevent information from being disclosed to outside sources. Despite the left’s continuing attempts to delegitimize the Trump presidency, Trump made it clear throughout his entire campaign he would reign in onerous EPA regulations, revive coal country, and create jobs. His cabinet picks are reflecting those goals.