Reminder: This is the guy who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax.
The Trump administration is requiring that political appointees review all Environmental Protection Agency studies and data prior to public release, according to a report from the Associated Press. The controversial new rules, which will also apply to information displayed on the EPA's website, have sparked outrage from scientists and journalists.
"We're taking a look at everything on a case-by-case basis, including the web page and whether climate stuff will be taken down," said Doug Ericksen, the communications director for the EPA transition team, in an interview with the AP. "Obviously with a new administration coming in, the transition time, we'll be taking a look at the web pages and the Facebook pages and everything else involved here at EPA."
Former EPA employees reportedly told the AP that the Trump administration's rules "far exceed" those imposed by previous administrations:
The EPA's scientific integrity policy, which was created under former President Barack Obama, mandates that research and actions be "grounded, at a most fundamental level, in sound, high quality science" that is "free from political interference or personal motivations."