Transparency in Government is not something the new president is fond of, and he has proven that by ordering several government agencies not to communicate with the public, unless it’s been consecrated by his administration.
The idea that information going out to the public will now be censored by the Trump Administration’s agenda is cause for alarm. It’s a serious matter when knowledge about what the government and its agencies are doing is withheld from the public.
The agencies that trump has targeted so far are: The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior. It seems naïve to believe other agencies will not be held to the same censorship standards in due time.
The EPA, is of course, the public’s guardian of the environment and the public’s health in relationship to the environment It is a taxpayer- funded agency and the public should have access to their information about what’s it’s doing, as well as other public agencies. It’s no coincidence these three agencies have been censored first and foremost.
The Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is also the primary source of environmental data, with labs that monitor water and air quality, as well as land and human health. They keep track of national standards that are set to make sure they are being followed. Much of their information has been made public in the past and the EPA has a huge archive of material. The EPA also awards grants to states, nonprofits and educational institutions for fellowships and environmental programs.
The United States Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture, or the USDA, is responsible for developing and executing federal laws associated with farming, agriculture, forestry and our food supply. The agency aids farmers and ranchers and promotes trade and production. Most importantly, the agency assures food safety, protects natural resources and works to help end hunger in the US and internationally. It also helps food producers with the sale of crops, both domestically and on world markets.
The Department of Interior
This agency is responsible for the management and conservation of federal lands and natural resources. It also administers programs relating to Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Hawaiians and their territorial affairs. About 75 percent of public lands are managed by this department.
The department has much to do with relations in regards to Native American Indians. It has been subject of many disputes over the accounting of Native American Trusts that track income and pay-outs from monies that have been generated from lands the government has leased from Native American tribes. The pay-outs from the government to the tribes is for oil, timber, minerals and other resources on Native American lands.
What’s the Connection?
When you think about it, all three departments are connected by a commonality – natural resources. As the government seeks to mine more minerals and increase oil production and reserves, all three departments must fall into line, and public knowledge about what these departments are doing could hamper someone’s agenda.
The EPA might have to overlook some damages to the environment. The Department of Agriculture also must deal with environmental issues, as well as trade on the world market, and the Department of Interior deals with public lands and Native Americans. When you connect all the dots you see a pattern of control that leads to the production of resources, the transportation of those resources and their trade on the world market. It also holds Americans hostage regarding the safety of their water and food supplies.
When Donald Trump picked his cabinet nominees we may have wondered why he would choose individuals who had worked against protecting those departments in the past – now we have some insight.