Book Burning is Back – With A Twist

Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
Coral Davenport / New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs….

When, instead of paper compilations — e.g. “books” — the information itself is being deleted, wouldn’t that qualify as “book burning” in the most existential sense?

A member of the SA throws confiscated books into the bonfire during
the public burning of “un-German” books on the Opernplatz in Berlin.
U.S. National Archives, via  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Because that’s what Der Trumpf and his minions are doing.

Listen to one of our climate scientists:

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations

[…] The consequences of vanishing citations, however, pose a far more serious consequence than website updates. Each defunct page is an effort by the Trump administration to deliberately undermine our ability to make good policy decisions by limiting access to scientific evidence.

We’ve seen this type of data strangling before. Just three years ago, Arctic researchers witnessed another world leader remove thousands of scientific documents from the public domain. In 2014, then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper closed 11 department of fisheries and oceans regional libraries, including the only Arctic center. Hundreds of reports and studies containing well over a century of research were destroyed in that process – a historic loss from which we still have not recovered.

These back-to-back data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. Just this week, it was reported that the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history …. [emphasis added]

Look: I oughtn’t have to explain what deep horror ensues in the wake of the intentional destruction of knowledge to fulfill a political and/or superstitious agenda. But that’s where we’ve gotten to.

Hey hey, it’s an auto da fe!

I was raised on my great-grandmother’s Quaker credo: the Truth can always stand questioning.  So, when the questioning insists on destroying the questionable thing, just to stop the questions, my blood runs chill.

Whatever the final impact, the superstitious and pragmatically useless unleashing of the rapine pollution demons has begun. Drill, baby, drill!

Consider the absurdity of claiming that making coal mining and burning easier, we’re on the road to “energy independence.” (We don’t import coal, we EXPORT it.) Or the promise that more coal miners will be employed, when the industry is losing to cheaper, cleaner natural gas AND automation? (Coal mining and coal miners are NOT coming back, Donald, no matter how many times you watch and rewatch How Green Was My Valley.)

To quote Warren Zevon:  Grab your coat; let’s get out of here.

Oh, wait.

There’s no place left to go.






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2 responses to “Book Burning is Back – With A Twist

  1. jim

    I can not grasp what these ignorant people want to do. The future I see in ignoring science is extinction! Could they just want to get us there faster? Or are they ignorant of their ignorance?


    • Having seen today’s “Susan Rice” witch hunt BS headlines, I can only think that fundamentally all Republicans are in the same condition that Old Yeller was in at the end of the movie, and that the same solution is called for.


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