[Ads-l] EOTY candidate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 10 13:44:58 EDT 2017


"The double C-word” (formerly known as climate change)

I was reminded of this robust candidate for Euphemism of the Year by today’s NYT editorial, 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/09/opinion/sunday/trump-epa-pruitt-science.html

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Even the official vocabulary of global warming has changed, as if the problem can be made to evaporate by describing it in more benign terms. At the Department of Agriculture, staff members are encouraged to use words like “weather extremes” in lieu of “climate change,” and “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency” instead of “reduce greenhouse gases.” The Department of Energy has scrubbed the words “clean energy” and “new energy” from its websites, and has cut links to clean or renewable energy initiatives and programs, according to the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative, which monitors federal websites.

At the E.P.A., a former Trump campaign assistant named John Konkus aims to eliminate the “double C-word,” meaning “climate change,” from the agency’s research grant solicitations, and he views every application for research money through a similar lens. The E.P.A. is even considering editing out climate change-related exhibits in a museum depicting the agency’s history. 

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Related story:
http://theslot.jezebel.com/trump-political-operative-who-calls-climate-change-the-1799977321


LH
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