The Environmental Protection Agency’s strategic plan does not contain the phrase “climate change.”
The federal agency’s draft four-year plan is detailed in a 38-page report that was released late last week.
Neither “carbon dioxide” or “greenhouse gas emissions” are mentioned in the document either published by the EPA, CNN reported.
Obama EPA plan
EPA spokesperson Liz Bowman told the news outlet that “providing more Americans with access to clean air, land, and water” was the focus of the agency.
However, its a marked difference from the Obama administration’s EPA plan.
That 80-page document, written in 2014 under then-EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, included 40 mentions of the phrase “climate change” and one of the key sections was titled ““Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality.”
Rachel Cleetus, lead economist and climate policy manager with the Union Of Concerned Scientists, told CNN the Trump plan is “stunning” in its ignorance of climate change.
“This wasn’t an oversight; this is a deliberate strategy by this administration,” she said.
Donald Trump has previously called climate change a “hoax” perpetrated by China and has not confirmed whether he actually believes in it and the scientific evidence that supports it.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, appointed to lead the agency he sued 13 times in his previous capacities, has also said he not convinced human action makes climate change or the environment worse, saying in May that “review and analysis” will need to continued in order to establish a link.