White House Reportedly Freezes EPA Grants

The clarifications did little to quell public fear that Trump had essentially launched a war on science, especially after one of the administration's first moves was to scrub any mention of combating climate change from the official White House website.

From now on, scientists at the EPA won't be allowed to publish studies or data until a Trump appointee reviews it and says it's okay.

Meanwhile, Doug Ericksen, the communications director for Trump's transition team at the EPA, told the AP that he expects the communications ban to be lifted this week.

Ericksen also clarified that the EPA contracts and grants freeze does not apply to pollution cleanup efforts or infrastructure construction activities. "Trump questioned whether climate change is real or a hoax and then there was the letter sent to the Department of Energy asking for details on climate scientists", she said.

The EPA website pages contain information and scientific data on climate change, including records of greenhouse gas emissions for the US and for the world overall, educational information on the science behind climate change and recommendations for steps to protect the environment.

According to the Associated Press, President Trump has placed a media freeze on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), prohibiting them from sending out press releases, posting on social media, creating new blog posts or posting new content to their website. Some agency employees are scrambling to save as much as they can of the information found on the website, while others want to try and convince the Trump administration to preserve part of the information.

"A "wish list" for the EPA targets regulations such as those carbon emission rules that limit the amount of greenhouse gases allowed from power plants, and chopping $193 million in climate programs".

Direct the Department of Health and Human Services to come up with statistics showing that everyone has medical insurance and is fit and healthy?

Trump selected Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, as EPA chief. After some toing and froing from the new government over the past few days, the fate of climate change - or at least the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) climate change web page - hangs in the balance.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not go further into this development, as it was breaking news at the time he entered the briefing room.