WHAT IT IS
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed scientific data on climate change from its website.
- Since the approval of the Dakota Access pipeline, the Trump administration has continued a series of environmental roll backs and has proposed a 31 percent budget cut to the EPA.
WHY IT MATTERS
Under Scott Pruitt, the EPA is taking a new direction. The spending cut would result in a 25 percent staff cut and the dropping of 56 programs. Besides the obvious impact on global climate change, the changes to the EPA would affect a wide range of issues like clean tap water supply, regional cleanup and restoration programs, and vehicle emissions standard.
WHERE ARE WE NOW
- The U.S. may leave the Paris agreement.
- Congress has recently passed two bills that would hinder scientific research by the EPA.
- Trump also appointed Daniel Simmons, a proponent against renewable energy, to head the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Despite the rollbacks, the U.S. can still continue to pursue clean energy at the state level.
- Are the actions of the U.S. affecting the entire world?
- What does mean to politicize science and what are the implications?