A White House news release on March 19 announced that the Obama administration is launching the Climate Data Initiative, a key part of which is a new government website to make access to the administration’s selective data on climate change more readily available.
The initiative is described as “a broad effort to leverage the Federal Government’s extensive, freely-available climate-relevant data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness.”
The launch of the website — data.gov/climate — will make the federal government’s climate-related databases “more open, accessible, and useful to citizens, researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators,” states the White House.
Initially, the focus of the website will be limited to coastal flooding and sea level rises, which — given the administration’s track record — will be blamed on global warming caused by human activities. This perspective is clearly evident in the language of today’s release, which states: “The [Climate Action] plan recognizes that even as we act to curb the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, we must also prepare our citizens and communities for the climate impacts that are already underway across the country.”
Lest there be any misunderstanding of what the administration’s views on climate change are, the news release quotes President Obama’s January 28 State of the Union address:
Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.
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