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US environment protection agency removes 'climate change' from its report

There is also no mention of “carbon dioxide” or “greenhouse gas emissions” in the document

The US Environment Protection Agency’s latest four-year plan draft has strong imprints of Donald Trump and his beliefs. The 38-page strategic document does not contain the phrase “climate change” even once.

There is also no mention of “carbon dioxide” or “greenhouse gas emissions” in the document. The report has three goals outlined in the introduction— to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water, rebalance the power between Washington and the states and administer the law, as Congress intended—exactly consistent with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's public comments.

The report is in complete contrast to the previous report prepared under Obama administration. The 80-page document then had "Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality" as the first of the five goals. The document had mentioned ‘climate change’ more than 40 times, reported CNN.

Pruitt acknowledges that climate change is happening but questions the extent of human contribution towards it and the role of EPA.

Earlier this year, Donald Trump had pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord. "We are focused on tangible environmental results for the American people: cleaning up contaminated land, punishing those that break environmental laws to the detriment to human health and the environment—and providing more Americans with access to clean air, land, and water," spokeswoman Liz Bowman told CNN.

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Scientists and academicians blasted the step by EPA. "Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time and it doesn't even appear in the strategic plan for this agency—that's stunning," said Dr Rachel Cleetus, lead economist and climate policy manager with the Union Of Concerned Scientists. "This wasn't an oversight, this is a deliberate strategy by this administration."
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