Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its website would be “undergoing changes” to represent the new direction the agency is taking. With an EPA Administrator who claims he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, many scientists held their breath in anticipation of what that shift would mean.
As it turns out, they were right to be concerned. One of the websites that disappeared was the very one that had been used to challenge Scott Pruitt’s controversial statements. Another gave detailed information about the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, including fact sheets about greenhouse gas emissions.
The changes came just before thousands of protesters marched in Washington to fight the Trump administration’s rollbacks of Barack Obama’s previous climate policies.
“We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law,” J.P Freire from the agency claimed. It also archived pages from the past administration—a change approved by Pruitt himself.
The website change doesn’t just stick to policy-related changes, but also a scientific web page that has existed for nearly two decades that explained how climate change works.
“The EPA’s climate site includes important summaries of climate science and indicators that clearly and unmistakably explain and document the impacts we are having on our planet,” Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, said in response to the website change. “It’s hard to understand why facts require revision.”
Source: The Washington Post, The Daily Beast