Days of work by web developers, graphic designers and copy editors to disappear along with polar caps!

Under headline “Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources”, Reuters breathlessly reports on January 25, 2017:

The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions.

Links. It contains links. The ones Sir Timothy implemented (I won’t nitpick whether Bush really invented them — see what I did there?). But it contains references, in other words. Actual data is somewhere else. But this doesn’t stop them from continuing, with implied ominous soundtrack:

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

Speaking of scrambling to save this information… Perhaps I could interest you in the Wayback Machine?

The article also mentioned (remember, it’s dated 01/25/2017) that

The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.

As of today, February 3, 2017, the page is still there. Check this out, just in case it gets taken down later (I doubt it):

Reuters, et tu?


As an aside, perhaps there is a commonality between this story and the one claiming that the travel ban EO was based on Trump’s interests — that is, misunderstanding of what a “reference” (or a “link” or a “pointer”) is. Something lawyers, programmers, scholars have no problem with.