The extent to which the Trump administration is shielding the public from information about a range of environmental issues is staggering. Removing or hiding government websites related to climate science is just the tip of the melting iceberg. According to the Washington Post, the enforcement actions taken by federal agencies against companies is also no longer publicly available, “sheltering them from the kind of ‘naming and shaming’ that federal officials previously used to influence company behavior.” From taking web pages offline for “maintenance” to burying them in hard-to-find locations to simply deleting data, the Trump administration is ultimately undermining Americans’ ability to hold their federal government accountable.
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Why We Need the EPA
ExplainerPuerto Rico, New York City, United States, ClevelandBrian Palmer
Let’s not forget what America looked like before we had the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our rivers caught on fire, our air was full of smog, and it stank (literally).