Trump admin tells EPA to take down its page on climate change, staffers melt

President Donald Trump’s administration has taken another step forward in removing some of former President Obama’s initiatives.

The administration has requested that the Environmental Protection Agency take down the climate change page from its website, according to a new Reuters report.

EPA officials notified employees on Tuesday that the EPA’s communications team was instructed to remove the page which links to other pages detailing global warming research and information about greenhouse gas emissions. The page was still up early Wednesday but is expected to be taken down soon.

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters. The staffer also added that some employees were quickly trying to save some of the information on the website, or convince the administration to keep parts of it.

The administration had barred agency employees from posting any climate-related news on social media or discussing anything with the press before the reported instruction to take down the page.

Obama’s climate change webpage from the White House’s main website disappeared less than an hour after Trump took the oath of office last Friday.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been appointed by Trump to be the agency’s new administrator and is awaiting a vote on his nomination. The climate-change skeptic has been a harsh critic of the EPA and fought many of Obama’s environmental regulations.

Though the climate change webpage will be erased, it seems the information will not disappear, according to Myron Ebell, who was not surprised by the move by Trump’s administration.

Ebell helped guide the transition of the EPA after November’s election until Trump was sworn in last week.

“My guess is the web pages will be taken down, but the links and information will be available,” he said.

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