EPA to take down climate data from website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it will be taking down climate data from several websites.
By Alex Bourque | Apr 29, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it will be taking down climate data from severalwebsites.

The Friday evening announcement was meant to update those interested in the U.S. stance on environmental protection on the change. Some of the information that will be taken off of the site will include the previously EPA-championed Clean Power Plan and fact sheets about greenhouse gas emissions, how they affect different Americans differently and their prevalence in different areas. The agency stated that the website changes, which will include taking down climate and scientific information that has been on display for decades, are being made so that the agency better aligns with the vision of its leadership. U.S. President Donald Trump appointed Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the agency. Pruitt was a controversial choice because he at one time was accused of wanting to dismantle the agency before he was appointed head.

"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 EPA associate administrator for public affairs, J.P. Freire. "We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we're protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law."

Thousands of protesters have been preparing to march on Washington to protest the Trump administration stance on climate and environmental protection.

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