- Environmental Protection Agency
The Trump administration told the Environmental Protection Agency to take down its website with educational resources and links to climate-change data, according to a Reuters report.
The EPA, a federal agency charged with safeguarding clean, livable air and water, funds and conducts research into the effects of climate change on public health, the environment, and natural disasters.
Much of that data is available on its website and is part of the toolkit scientists use to study the health, safety, and future of the planet.
The White House has not put out an official statement confirming the order, just as it has not confirmed that it has frozen grants and contracts at the agency, that the agency is not allowed to communicate with the public, or that the EPA will be barred from funding original science.
Reuters writer Valerie Volcovici reported on Wednesday that the news agency heard of the order to take down the website from two agency employees who were defying the gag order.
Scientists are not resting easy. There was a significant effort before Trump took office to download climate data from government websites to private servers. It is not clear whether all of the key data on the EPA website is backed up elsewhere, and researchers encouraged one another over Twitter on Wednesday morning to continue copying as much as possible:
— Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) January 25, 2017
— Alicia Newton (@G_ruber) January 25, 2017
Update Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12:15 p.m.: Inside EPA is reporting that the Trump administration has decided to “stand down” on the website removal plans for now.