Update to Dec. 19, 2016 blog entry:
Sources tell Inside EPA that the incoming Trump administration’s EPA transition team intends to immediately remove non-regulatory climate data from the agency’s website, including: References to President Barack Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan; Strategies for 2014 and 2015 to cut methane and other data, according to a source familiar with the transition team; and Obama’s 2013 memo ordering EPA to establish its power sector carbon pollution standards.
It is unknown at this time when and if detailed climate science information, such as models, tools and databases on the EPA Office of Research & Development’s (ORD) website will be impacted.
Source: Trump Transition Preparing to Scrub Some Climate Data from EPA Website, Inside EPA, Jan. 18, 2017 (subscription required).
In other climate change document preservation news, the Sierra Club utilized the Freedom of Information Act to assist in protecting these resources– beginning with information housed at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. On Jan. 12, the organization filed requests asking those agencies to turn over records, including data on greenhouse gas emissions, so that while the request is pending the information will be preserved online, buying more time preservation efforts.
Sources and Further Reading:
- Jim Dwyer, Harvesting Government History, One Web Page at a Time, N.Y. Times, December 1, 2016.
- Jason Koebler, Researchers Are Preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web, December 13, 2016, Vice.
- Brady Dennis, Scientists frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump, December 13, 2016, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
- Eric Holthaus, Why I’m trying to preserve federal climate data before Trump takes office, December 13, 2016, Washington Post.
- May Warren, Toronto group wants to save science and climate change data from Trump with internet archiving December 13, 2016 Metro News.
- Nicole Mortillaro, U of T heads ‘guerrilla archiving event’ to preserve climate data ahead of Trump presidency, December 14, 2016, CBC News.
- Weston Williams, Copying countdown: Trump-wary scientists’ plan to preserve climate data December 14th, 2016, Christian Science Monitor.
- Scientists Race To Preserve Climate Change Data Before Trump Takes Office, in All Things Considered, December 14, 2016, NPR.
- Toronto ‘guerrilla’ archivists to help preserve US climate data, December 15, 2016, BBC.
- Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress Blog, August 21, 2016.
- Wayback Machine Internet Archive for EPA.gov.