The official White House website underwent a series of drastic changes in the hour after President Donald Trump was sworn in to the nation’s highest office, but perhaps the most controversial of those changes is the wholesale removal of the webpage’s section on climate change.
The shake-up came as part of a digital-age transfer of power that saw the Obama administration’s web presence get entered into a National Archives website in order to make room for the Trump administration’s newest platform.
As such, the Obama administration’s climate page still exists, but has simply been moved to a new location, and the Trump administration could very well replace it with its own adaptation in the coming days and weeks.
President Trump emerged as a prominent skeptic of the theory that climate change has been created or accelerated by human activity, particularly within the last century. He even went so far as to label the entire controversy a “hoax” promulgated by the Chinese government as a way to weaken the United States manufacturing sector.
While the former president strived to tackle climate change during his eight years in office, Trump has remained cagey as to whether he will participate in the United Nation climate accord, which went into effect last year and stipulated a set of international guidelines to reduce carbon emissions and other climate change exacerbators.