The White House takes down its web page on climate change
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 4:38 PM - The White House has removed a page on climate change from its main site as the domain transitions to reflect the Trump administration's platform; however, the page hasn't been erased entirely, and can be found in the White House archives under former U.S. president Barack Obama.
The website's transformation includes the replacement of a lengthy list of issues under the Obama administration, including pages on civil rights and the LGBT community, to make room for the six core issues to be addressed by the incumbent.
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Pictured Below: The Trump administration's list of issues (left), and a portion of the Obama administration's list (right).
Image Credit: WhiteHouse.gov
In place of the page on climate change, presumably is one called the "America First Energy Plan."
"For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry," the America First Energy Plan reads. "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule."
The Climate Action Plan, implemented by the Obama administration, proposed various streams to curb carbon dioxide emissions -- not limited to the use of clean energy, increasing fuel economy standards, preserving forested land, and developing a climate data effort.
In his second inaugural address, Obama listed climate change as one of the top priorities of his presidency:
"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.
The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure -- our forests and waterways, our croplands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
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In addition to the climate change page, the White House official site has removed the Obama Administration's pages on civil rights and the LGBT community.