Scrubbed EPA Climate Science Lives On: Who Adopted this Orphaned Information?

May 6, 2017; The Hill

The city of Chicago’s website has a new page for “Climate Change,” where the Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has republished the information that had been so unceremoniously removed from the EPA’s website on Earth Day. NPQ wrote last week about the scrubbing of this information, which contained the results of decades of research on climate change and its impact.

At the time, Janet McCabe, who under President Obama headed the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said that even though it makes sense that a new administration would reflect their own policies on their website, “Historical and factual information about these issues, and regulations over time, is something that EPA has always made available to people. It belongs to the people, and people should be able to find it easily.”

“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,” Emanuel said in a press release. “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.”

Emanuel is certainly not the first to harbor such subversive ideas—a story published in Forbes on May 2nd details the many other entities who have stepped up to maintain the records for public view.—Ruth McCambridge