New Climate Change Website Appears After Trump Deletes It On EPA
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency made headlines when administrators deleted the climate change page from its website.
In response to questions about the deletion, the agency’s associate administrator for public affairs explained that the website was being updated and that changes were being made to better reflect the beliefs of President Trump and the agency’s new head, Scott Pruitt.
‘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.’
‘We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.’
Naturally, the deletion of the climate change page was a cause for concern for environmental activists, especially considering the fact that both the President and Pruitt have denied climate change and the effects humans have on the environment.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among those troubled by the deletion, and he responded by taking matters into his own hands.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Emanuel has pushed back against the Trump administration by creating a new city website entitled “Climate Change is Real.”
The website features information that was originally on the EPA’s climate change webpage.
The home page for the new site explains that, while the current head of the EPA might not want to acknowledge climate change, the people of Chicago do.
‘The City of Chicago wishes to acknowledge and attribute this information to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for the decades of work that they have done to advance the fight against climate change. While this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.’
In a press release about the decision to republish the information on climate change, Emanuel further explained his reasoning:
‘The Trump administration can attempt to erase decades of work from scientists and federal employees on the reality of climate change, but burying your head in the sand doesn’t erase the problem.’
‘We are going to ensure Chicago’s residents remain well-informed about the effects of climate change. And I encourage cities, academic institutions and others to…follow suit to ensure the important information does not disappear.’
This is not the first act of resistance from Emanuel in response to the Trump administration’s dangerous environmental policies.
After the President signed an executive order removing environmental regulations put in place by President Obama, Emanuel and several other activists deemed it the “single biggest attack on climate action in U.S. history.”
Following the signing of the order, Emanuel said:
‘By denying the reality of climate change and falsely suggesting environmental protections are anti-business, this executive order represents backwards thinking from days gone by.’
The mayor also showed his unwillingness to go along with Trump’s undoing of environmental regulations in April when he announced that over 900 government buildings in Chicago would make the shift to using “100 percent renewable energy” by 2025.