The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that they will be updating their website “to reflect EPA’s priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt.”
The update is impacting both the EPA’s collection of data and up to date information about climate change and a page regarding the Clean Power Plan. Both pages were expanded and considered a top priority by the Obama administration and the changes have sent shockwaves throughout the scientific community.
The EPA began its updates on Friday evening by releasing a statement that had many shaking their heads in disbelief.
The first page to be updated is a page reflecting President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence, which calls for a review of the so-called Clean Power Plan. Language associated with the Clean Power Plan, written by the last administration, is out of date. Similarly, content related to climate and regulation is also being reviewed.”
The EPA website has provided people detailed data on causes and the impact of climate change since 1997 and the review could lead to massive amounts of data being deleted and lost if the Trump Administration deems it as a threat to their agenda.
J.P. Freire, the EPA associate administrator for public affairs, released a statement in an attempt to rationalize the sudden changes.
As the 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. We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”
David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean air program took to Twitter to announce his frustration with the Trump administration putting “alternative facts” in place of science.
Cleansing has begun. EPA website scrubbed of pages on "so-called" Clean Power Plan. Now only alternative facts. https://t.co/Zi3EphwU7v
— David Doniger (@ddonigernrdc) April 29, 2017
Many groups including the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative have addressed the new changes as “concerning” but promises to monitor the updates to the website while ensuring that every snapshot of its original content remains online and accessible.
It should be noted that “Climate Indicators” have passed unnoticed by the Trump administration’s broad sweep of anything that documents climate change facts against their agenda. It is currently unknown how long it will be up or if it will be left alone. With the ways things are going, it is not a matter of if but when.
This truly looks like the beginning of a dark age for climate change research. We can only hope that our protests and various projects to preserve the data will thrive long enough to outlast this deplorable President.
Featured image via screenshot of EPA website
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