"Climate Change" Pages Removed From EPA Website

Posted: Apr 30, 2017 12:23 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that their "website is undergoing changes that reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt."

The first change? The creation of an "energy independence" page containing information relating to President Trump's executive order on Energy Independence, which calls for a review of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

By Saturday morning, the "Climate Change" page was taken down.

ABC reported that "scientists, activists, and journalists have been working to preserve information from the EPA and other agency websites amid concerns that research and data could be taken down," but the agency stated that the agency will "use proper archiving procedures," including keeping screenshots of the prior site available on the updated site.

The changes were necessary to avoid confusion, the agency said.

“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,” said J.P. Freire, Associate Administrator for Public Affairs. “We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”

Sections related to climate and regulation will also be reviewed.