State Dept Scrubs Climate Policy Pages From Its Website

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The Department of State has scrubbed several pages highlighting various climate policies once lauded by the Obama administration from its website.

Pages detailing climate policy initiatives such as the Green Climate Fund, a Climate Action Report, as well as other pages on global climate finance have been deleted from the State Department website.

Other reports that had previously shown up under the State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs site have also been jettisoned, according to a report published Thursday by Politico.

News of the scrubbed pages come as the Senate wraps up confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the department, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

Environmentalists interrupted the confirmation hearings several times with chants implying Tillerson is in the lap of “Big Oil.” Tillerson admitted during to the senators that the “risk of climate change does exist.”

The State Department’s global warming pages disappeared a day after the Trump administration allegedly told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday to take down its global warming website.

The EPA page contains some links to data on carbon dioxide as well as other greenhouse gas emissions and lists the effects the agency says global warming will have.

The agency was ordered Tuesday to stop handing out grants for projects and research on global warming, and directed employees not to discuss the spending freeze to the media or to outside sources, an anonymous source told Reuters Wednesday.

The White House energy policy page, meanwhile, does not mention global warming at all, and notes that “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.”

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