Reuters unbelievable quotes from EPA source
Valerie Volcovici has just written a piece for Thompson Reuters that goes to the edge of "fake news" and falls right off the cliff. Let's start with the very first subheading under the title, which is supposedly a quote from an unnamed EPA employee:
"If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," EPA staffer says, adding employees scrambling to save information on the website
If we are to believe this quote than we have to assume all of the following are true:
- The EPA IT department is completely incompetent, and does not keep a single backup of its live website content anywhere;
- The EPA employees scrambling to save information on the website, are not qualified to be managing such information, as they should of had back ups in place from the beginning of their tenure;
- The EPA is so incompetent that it has no internal back up standard operating procedures or employee policies for back up of critical data;
- The EPA has been working from their live website only, and not from personal computers, office servers, cloud based storage etc. (if this is the case we would like to know for how long);
- ARCHIVE.ORG does not archive the EPA site in question (note that there is no actual reference URL in the Reuters article, so we cannot check if this is the case or not);
- The NSA or any other government intelligence agency has not cached the site in question.;
- The data that they are referring to, i.e.: "years of work we have done on climate change", is so unimportant that no one to date has downloaded, copied, cached or bothered to make a local copy to analyze it;
- The data that they are referring to has never been peer reviewed, except for using the website as reference, no one has ever downloaded the raw data to review.
And here we find some background on the EPA employee whose quotes lead us to the above assumptions:
The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
We can clearly see why he/she/it is not authorized to speak for the EPA! And the article points out, here is what someone who is authorized to speak for the EPA says:
Myron Ebell, who helped guide the EPA's transition after Trump was elected in November until he was sworn in last week, said the move was not surprising. "My guess is the web pages will be taken down, but the links and information will be available," he said.
Oh, so wait a minute, the links and information (i.e.: data) will be available. So the entire article is a ruse and "fake news" based on nonsense from a person not authorized to speak for the EPA? Come on Thompson Reuters, Valerie Volcovici, Richard Valdmanis and Lisa Shumaker, you all can surely come up with a real story without the shocking "fake news" sub-headline.