October 18, 2021

San Francisco Joins 12 Other Cities Post Climate Change Data that Trump Administration Removed from EPA Website

From the Office of Ed Lee, Mayor of the City of San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today joined 12 other U.S. mayors in hosting deleted climate change information and research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website after the Trump administration unceremoniously removed it from the federal government’s websites.

“Deleting federal webpages does not reset the scientific consensus that climate change is real,” said Mayor Lee. “The American people are entitled to the publically-funded EPA research on climate change. And while the federal government continues to undermine the progress we’ve made on climate change, cities are taking a stand. San Francisco will continue our fight against climate change by taking aggressive local actions to protect our citizens and planet.”

After the creation of the City of Chicago “Climate Change is Real” website, Mayor Lee joined other mayors in posting the climate change information, ensuring the public has ready access to information the EPA developed over decades of research. The mayors and cities posting information include:

  • Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Illinois
  • Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston, Illinois
  • Mayor Lioneld Jordan of Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, Texas
  • Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon
  • Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, Washington
  • Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, Missouri

The San Francisco Department of Technology has uploaded this information to the city’s Open Gov website.

It includes information on the basic science behind climate change, the different ways in which weather is impacted from increased greenhouse gas emissions, and actions the federal government has taken to reduce the impact. This information is also available for other cities, academic institutions, and organizations via the City of Chicago’s “Climate Change is Real” site on Github.

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Last week, Mayor Lee joined over 270 mayors from around the country to commit to the Paris Agreement as part of the Mayors National Climate Agenda, or Climate Mayors. This network of U.S. mayors — representing over 56 million Americans in red states and blue states — work together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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