Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral office has recreated a climate webpage the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency removed last month.
Chicago “wishes to acknowledge and attribute this information to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for the decades of work” fighting climate change, the city’s website notes. The page’s information was essentially lifted earlier this month from an earlier version on the EPA website.
Emanuel’s new page was referring to President Donald Trump’s decision to remove “outdated language” from the EPA’s website in April — the move was done the night before activists planned protests targeting the Trump administration’s climate policies.
EPA spokesman J.P Freire told reporters at the time that the content was nixed because the website “needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency.” It has maintained records of the archived portions of the Obama-era pages it scrubbed.
The president’s move to scrub the climate page is not the first time the EPA has targeted climate data on its website.
Trump directed the agency to scrub its global warming webpage in January, for instance, less than a week after the former real estate tycoon assumed office. The page contained links to EPA’s data on carbon dioxide as well as other greenhouse gas emissions
Emanuel, who served as former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, is promising to build the site out more in the coming weeks. His page also takes a few shots at the EPA’s new direction, which essentially places fighting global warming on the back-burner.
“Here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it,” Emanuel’s new climate change page reads.
Emanuel has campaigned against Trump’s climate policies in the past. The Chicago Democrat even used unsubstantiated rumors the president is planning on scuttling the EPA’s Region 5 office to generate attention for his anti-Trump positions.
“[W]e cannot turn our back on the Great Lakes and allow the Trump administration to muffle the EPA,” he said in a press statement last month addressing the rumors. Chicago Sun Times, which first reported the rumors, cited unnamed city sources as the basis of their report.
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