Will updates reflect real science, or ideology?
Many of the previously existing pages on climate science, greenhouse gases and global warming impacts are no longer available at the current EPA website.
By Bob Berwyn
Continuing its Orwellian policies of trying to create an alternative, fact-free reality, the Trump administration has started to remove climate-related information from the EPA website. As of Friday, April 28, a Google search for EPA climate information leads to a page-update notice, including a statement from a politically appointed spokesperson saying,” “We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”
The update page does include a link to a January version of the EPA climate change page, where links to scientific information is still intact for now, including emissions reductions and an interactive map of regional climate change impacts.
The EPA has maintained climate change information on the web for 20 years. Up until yesterday, there was detailed information about the role of greenhouse gas pollution in global warming, about global warming impacts to ecosystems and other related topics. The Washington Post reported that a senior political appointee to the agency ordered the update. It new seems the agency will try to repudiate decades of its own scientific research to present views that are ideologically in line with the Trump administration’s.
Some parts of the EPA’s climate database were still available through Google searches, while others seem to have been completely deleted. The agency said it would, as legally required, archive all previous web pages. The old pages include specific information on the cause of global warming, with cited links to scientific research to back up the statements:
“Recent climate changes, however, cannot be explained by natural causes alone. Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming.”
This page, for example, explains how increasing greenhouse concentrations will affect the planet in the future: https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climate-change-science/future-climate-change_.html. At the top of the screen is a message characterizing the contents as “historical information.”