"The White House is no longer including a distinct chapter on climate change in an overarching plan setting federal priorities on ocean policy for a decade.
The move by the National Science and Technology Council is angering environmentalists, although administration officials say they are presenting the issue in a different way and emphasizing new areas.
At issue is "Science and Technology for America's Oceans: A Decadal Vision," which succeeds a framework first released in 2007 during the administration of George W. Bush.
The 10-year plan from the council, an interagency panel led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, is intended to guide agencies in developing budgets and directing research. Representatives from the National Science Foundation, NOAA and other government agencies worked on the language."