Eyes on Washington week ending 05.12.17

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Questions continue to loom over U.S. exiting the Paris Agreement

The White House postponed a meeting last Tuesday to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal.

The White House said late last Monday that the meeting would be rescheduled. This is the second time a meeting of top aides on the issue has been delayed.

Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to renegotiate the accord, but he has wavered on the issue. His top officials appear to be divided about what to do about the deal, under which the United States pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the coming decade.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of the oil company Exxon, said at his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he supports staying in the deal.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a media press briefing that Trump will announce his decision after this month’s G-7 meeting instead of before.

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Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning federal policies, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to change the way the federal government evaluates the scientific basis for its regulations.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to replace half of the members on one of its key scientific review boards, while Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is “reviewing the charter and charge” of more than 200 advisory boards, committees and other entities both within and outside his department. EPA and Interior officials began informing current members of the move on Friday, May 5th and notifications continued over the weekend.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt not convinced humans causing global warming:

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is accusing Trump of trying to erase, what Al Gore has called the “inconvenient truth” about climate change, and doing his part to recoup that information.

Emanuel created a new city website titled, “Climate Change is Real.” It resurrects information about decades of research on the impact of climate change that, the mayor claims was “unceremoniously removed” from the U.S. EPA’s own Climate Change website on April 29, 2017.

“The Trump administration can attempt to erase decades of work from scientists and federal employees on the reality of climate change, but burying your head in the sand doesn’t erase the problem,” Emanuel was quoted as saying in a press release.

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