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Trump’s EPA Deletes Climate Site, Chicago Promptly Reposts It

Environmental trolling

by DAVID AXE

On April 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency deleted its website on climate change. A few days later, Chicago reposted the site on the city’s own domain.

Chicago isn’t just trolling Trump. Increasingly, states and cities are leading U.S. climate action.

Pres. Donald Trump has repeatedly denied the basic science explaining man-made climate change, even dismissing global warming as a “hoax” that China created in order to somehow steal American jobs.

Trump tapped corrupt Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, a climate-denier and shill for the fossil-fuel industry, to head the EPA. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Pruitt told CNBC.

Pruitt, in cooperation with Trump-advisor and white supremacist Steve Bannon, is also reportedly arguing for Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pointed out would diplomatically isolate America.

Yanking decades of climate data from the EPA’s website is consistent with Trump and Pruitt’s hatred of basic science and their shared disregard for the long-term health of Americans and the only planet we have.

But deleting a website doesn’t delete the truth, as the city of Chicago demonstrated when it reposted the EPA’s former site in early May 2017. “While this information may not be readily available on the [EPA’s] webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it,” the city explains on the duplicated climate site.

Indeed, as the federal government — with the notable exceptions of NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration — descends deeper into deliberate ignorance, states and cities are increasingly taking climate action on their own.

On May 1, 2017, the city of Atlanta formally committed to getting all its electricity from renewable sources by 2035, making it the 27th U.S. city to make such a pledge. California is considering fully transitioning to renewable energy sources by 2045. New York and Hawaii’s own clean-energy goals are only slightly less ambitious.

Perhaps more importantly, California is revamping its internal carbon market, which limits how much greenhouse gas industries can emit — and allows companies to sell to other companies, in the form of carbon credits, any additional emissions cuts they make. That incentives energy-efficiency measures.

Notably, California is working to expand its carbon market to neighboring states and even Canadian provinces. There’s a possible future where cities and states drive potentially decisive climate action even as the federal government totally abandons nationwide carbon-reduction efforts.

In reporting the EPA’s climate website, Chicago is helping to accelerate that “denationalization” of climate action. Not to mention, copying and pasting all that pesky science surely pisses off the ignoramuses in the Trump administration. That alone is worth the effort.

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