On Friday, the day before the Climate March to protest the Trump administration's rollbacks of former president Obama's climate change policies, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a statement announcing that its website would be "undergoing changes" to better represent the new direction of the agency.
Under the direction of climate change denier Scott Pruitt, the EPA has stripped all traces of information about greenhouse gas emissions on the state and local levels, and its effects on various demographic groups.
"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," J.P. Freire, the agency's associate administrator for public affairs, said in a statement to the Washington Post. "We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we're protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law."
As the Washington Post points out, the information erased includes not only policy-related changes, but also information that explained what climate change is and how it works. Thankfully, that information is archived here.
Predictably, environmental groups were upset about this update. dismayed by the EPA's removal of climate change information from its website. A Sierra club spokesperson told CNN the move is "a sad reflection on the priorities of Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. If they haven't gotten the message yet, they're about to get it today. The American people want a government to fight for the health of this planet and for climate action to help protect all families in America."