Trump administration reviewing climate data on EPA website

Trump administration reviewing climate data on EPA website

The Trump administration is scrutinizing the website of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine which climate data will remain, while new studies have been placed under a temporary hold.

Doug Ericksen, communications director for President Trump's transition team at EPA, confirmed on Wednesday that the newly-launched review extends to all existing climate change and other scientific data on the agency's website.

The content under review includes details of scientific evidence showing that Earth's climate is changing because of increasing global warming, mainly due to man-made carbon emissions. However, no decision has yet been made.

In an earlier interview, Erickson said," We're taking a look at everything on a case-by-case basis, including the web page and whether climate stuff will be taken down. Obviously with a new administration coming in, the transition time, we'll be taking a look at the web pages and the Facebook pages and everything else involved here at EPA."

The announcement underscored concerns that the Trump administration might remove climate change and other scientific data form the federal agency's website.

Trump has repeatedly called manmade global warming a hoax. However, press secretary Sean Spicer tried to distance the new president from the issue, claiming that the communications clampdown at the federal agency was not directed by the White House.