The Environmental Protection Agency is updating its website to reflect their new direction under the present presidential administration. The EPA has removed a page that explained the causes and effects of climate change. “As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land, and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” J.P. Freire, the agency’s associate administrator for public affairs, said in a statement. “We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”
In fact, two of the EPA’s websites have been significantly impacted by the direction of President Trump’s team: the climate change site and another focused on the Clean Power Plan. The latter was a rule put in place by former President Obama to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. If you visit the climate change website now, you are redirected to a page that explains the site is being updated. The previous information that is now gone had been included on the site since it was launched in 1997. In order to find the previous information, you have to follow the EPA’s archiving procedures.
The new updated site will feature President Trump’s position on energy independence and his call for a review of Obama’s plans. When you go to what used to be details about the Clean Power Plan from Obama, you now get to a page that shows Trump signing an executive order to undo that rule and other Obama-ere regulations.
Environmentalists are alarmed by the EPA’s decision to erase the scientific data from the site. “Cleansing has begun,” David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean air program, wrote on Twitter. “EPA website scrubbed of pages on ‘so-called’ Clean Power Plan. Now only alternative facts.” The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative called the website change “concerning,” and made the note that this information became inaccessible the evening before tens of thousands of protesters came to Washington and other cities to march. “The timing of this overhaul cuts off availability when access to trusted information about the science behind climate change will be necessary to enable a conversation about our changing climate,” the group said.
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Credit: USA Today