The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scrubbed more references to climate change from its website, according to a government watchdog group.
The Environment Data & Government Initiative on Friday reported on changes to the EPA’s page dedicated to energy and environment information for state and local governments noting that a previous version of the page included information about climate change.
The group’s archived version of the original page includes at least 19 references to the climate. The new page contains none.
The organization found that pages detailing the risks of climate change, the approaches states are taking to curb emissions, and statewide plans to adapt to weather extremes are among the documents that are no longer featured on the agency’s website.
“Previous administrations web pages are still available by clicking the large link plainly visible on the banner at the top of EPA.gov,” the EPA said on Friday.
In April, the EPA said it had begun updating its website in a way that “reflect[s] the views of the leadership of the agency.”
The agency deleted content on its pages related to climate change, climate science, the impacts of climate change and climate information for children, among other things at the time, according to The Hill.
“Removing climate change resources from the EPA website is offensive and dangerous,” said Gretchen Goldman, research director at the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. “At a time when Americans have lost their loved ones and their homes to floods and fires, are living without fresh water or electricity, and are experiencing multi-billion-dollar disasters exacerbated by climate change, this is not the time to impede public access to critical climate change information. This is yet another example of the Trump administration concealing research that U.S. taxpayers funded and state and local officials need to protect their communities.”
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