Canceled four years ago by a president who viewed global warming as a hoax, information about the climate crisis has been returned to the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website as part of a pledge to Joe Biden of “Bringing Back Science”.
The rebirth of a page dedicated to the climate emergency it reverses Donald Trump’s order in 2017 to remove all references to him from government websites, and prioritizes the Biden administration’s commitment to “organize and deploy the full capacity of its agencies to combat the climate crisis.”
In a statement, Michael Regan, confirmed by the United States Senate last week as the new director of the federal agency said: “The weather facts are back on the EPA website where they should be. Given the urgency of this crisis, it is critical that Americans have access to information and resources so that we can all play a role in protecting our environment, our health, and vulnerable communities. “
Trump’s decision to leave the EPA’s climate information page was just one of many controversial moves that angered environmentalists during his only tenure. He pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, repealed countless environmental regulations and protections, and appointed a scandal-riddled climate change denier, Scott Pruitt, to lead the EPA.
However, analysts found Orwellian removal from the global network of scientifically accepted climate data and information especially egregious.
In a Guardian article last October, Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, compared the following month’s presidential election to “a Tolkienic battle between good and evil” and said that Trump’s re-election it would have made it “essentially impossible” to avoid a global climate catastrophe.
EPA’s climate change page was relaunched Thursday, with a prominent graphic indicating that the agency is “restoring the role of science” in addressing the emergency. “Reliable, science-based information is the foundation for robust and achievable solutions,” Regan said.
So far, the site appears to be sparsely populated, contains details of a couple of weather-related executive actions that Biden signed in his first week in office in January, and restores links to previous reports from the EPA and other related federal agencies. such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A short video features Regan outlining the agency’s priorities: “Americans in every corner of our country are seeing and feeling the effects of climate change, wildfires in the west, back-to-back hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, extreme heat and rain in the heart and historic floods in the east, “he said. “The fight against climate change is not optional, it is essential in the EPA.”
The site promises more content to come, urging viewers to “come back in the next few weeks as we add new information and features.”
Biden made the fight against the climate emergency a cornerstone of his election campaign and acted swiftly to deliver on the promise, returning the US to the Paris agreement and promulgation of advance executive orders covering a range of environmental initiatives. They include creating a position for a special presidential envoy for climate and organizing a Earth Day Climate Summit in April.
“Science is back,” the president said during a tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta on Friday.
“We are not going back to the old days. When you have a crisis, you are prepared to face it because you tell the truth and science to power. ”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism