The Trump administration’s penchant for censoring science has been underscored by a new development that has one advocacy group asking if the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change website is gone for good.
Back in April 2017, the EPA announced it was “undergoing changes that reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and [then] Administrator Scott Pruitt,” and scrubbed multiple climate crisis-related pages, including epa.gov/climatechange, with readers being redirected to a page that said, “This page is being updated.” Here’s how the page appeared, as the Internet Archive shows:
Watchdog network Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) pointed out this week that there’s no longer a mention of an “update.” A reader searching for epa.gov/climatechange now is redirected to a page that says, “We want to help you find what you are looking for.”
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The previous “being updated” page also left a link to a snapshot of the EPA’s climate page from the last day of the Obama administration, but it now sends readers off to a snapshot of the EPA’s home page from that date, not the agency’s climate page.
“The cumulative effect of removing these links from the splash page is the substantial reduction of access to EPA’s historical public information about climate change,” EDGI states.
According to Judith Enck, EPA regional administrator under the Obama administration, “It’s an embarrassment.”
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