The Trump administration is shutting down an Obama-era interagency panel that was created to help cities deal with and prepare for the life-threatening effects of climate change, according to the federal panel’s chairman Jesse Keenan.
Keenan, a Harvard professor and climate expert, told members at a Monday meeting that it would be their last, Bloomberg News reported.
“It was one of the last federal bodies that openly talked about climate change in public,” told Bloomberg. “I can say that we tried our best and we never self-censored!”
The Hill added:
The Department of Commerce, whose National Institute of Standards and Technology oversaw the group, did not respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment.
Former President Barack Obama created the committee in 2015. It included representatives of Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies, and was tasked with finding ways for cities to build in more resilient ways and better survive rising sea levels.
“This was the federal government’s primary external engagement for resilience in the built environment,” Keenan, who did not get paid for his position, told Bloomberg.
President Trump has called climate change a “hoax.”