Thousands of pro-climate, anti-Trump protesters march in Washington

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 8, 2017

The EPA's main climate change website, which has existed since 1997, now links to a page that states that the website is being updated to "reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator [Scott] Pruitt", according to the website.

The Donald Trump-appointed EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, led 14 lawsuits against the agency in his former post.

The "People's Climate March" got underway in Washington, D.C., as tens of thousands of angry demonstrators packed the streets on Saturday, April 29, in sweltering heat to protest the White House's refusal to acknowledge the scientific consensus about man-made contributions to climate change.

"There has been devastating news on climate coming out of the White House and Congress, and a lot of people are really angry", May Boeve, the executive director of 350.org, an environmental advocacy group that helped plan the march, told The New York Times.

The EPA said in a press release that the site was outdated and no longer in line with administration policy, though it will follow the procedures to archive information on the site.

The legislation is unlikely to make headway through a Republican-controlled Senate which largely remains unwilling to acknowledge human contribution to climate change.

Myron Ebell, a climate change skeptic at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank, said the march would have little impact on the administration.

In addition it contained information about the agency's approach to climate change and how people could take steps to lower their own contributions to climate change.

The march today is meant to apply pressure to those in power so that they might act on climate change while still creating jobs, investing in front-line and indigenous communities, and protecting workers who would be affected by the transition to a clean, renewable energy economy.

Trump has said, among other things, that climate change was a "hoax", tweeting in November that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive".

Climate Change activists rallied across the country Saturday to send President Trump their message and viewpoint that Climate Change is real, and poses dangers.

Marchers were further galvanised by a move taken by the EPA late Friday. "Withdrawn. Muslim ban? Blocked", the group's website says.

"People are obviously unhappy", one employee said. "Science is not an alternative fact", read another.

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