Chicago Mayor Sticks It To Trump By Posting Climate Change Data Deleted From EPA Website
Last Week, the Trump administration deleted all scientific data related to climate change from the archived Environmental Protection Agency web page. In response, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has published the information on the city’s website.
According to Politico, the new section of the City of Chicago’s website, launched this weekend, pulls data from the archived Environmental Protection Agency page, noting, “while this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.”
Emanuel is promising to build the site out more in the coming weeks, using city resources.
“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.
Through both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past two decades, the EPA accepted and promoted climate change data. That changed under President Donald Trump, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has repeatedly vowed to destroy the agency he is now heading.
“We are currently updating our website to reflect EPA’s priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt,” a message on the “page is being updated” EPA site has read since.
Emanuel said he “wants to see other cities and universities joining in preserving the data that the federal government is removing to ensure it stays public.”
The new Chicago website now includes information about the science of climate change and its effects on the weather, human impact that has accelerated the problem and steps the federal government had been taking to reduce it.