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The Trump/Pence Regime on Environment

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Updated August 16, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

 

 

The Earth and the species who inhabit it—including humanity—should sustain life and not be despoiled by ignorance, greed, and the disregard of science.

The Trump/Pence Regime on Environment:

What they have done

  • Withdrew the U.S. from the Paris international climate agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved to undo, delay, or block environmental rules—30 to start with—aimed at protecting air, water, and public health.
  • Contrary to scientific consensus, EPA head Scott Pruitt denied on national TV that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming.
  • Approved and expedited construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, which will increase fossil fuel use and emissions and accelerate global warming.
  • Attempted to block rules restricting leaks of methane, an even more harmful greenhouse gas than CO2, from landfills and from oil and gas wells.
  • Approved the use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide shown to be harmful to children’s brains and nervous systems.
  • Rescinded Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which put restrictions on carbon emissions from new and existing power plants.
  • In a move lauded by the NRA, Trump’s interior secretary approved the use of lead ammunition on federal lands and waters.

What they said they will do

  • EPA head Scott Pruitt attacks climate science and the reality and danger of climate change and plans to dismiss 38 scientists from the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors.
  • In the name of doing an “update” to “reflect the agency’s new direction,” the EPA website has removed “Climate Change” as a topic from its menu of “Environmental Topics” and begun making content related to climate change unavailable.
  • The Trump/Pence budget would slash the EPA budget by more than 30 percent and eliminate 3,200 jobs at the agency.
  • Among the EPA programs targeted to be gutted or eliminated is “environmental justice,” which was supposed to help minority and other disadvantaged communities fight industrial pollution.
  • Filed a plan to end rules protecting more than half the country’s streams and waterways—which flow into rivers, lakes, and wetlands—from pollution, which could end drinking water safeguards for one in three people in the U.S.
  • Announced plans to roll back auto fuel efficiency standards and regulations restricting vehicle emissions.
  • Trump instructed his interior secretary to review 40 national monuments to see if the size of land set aside for protection from development should be reduced.
  • A Trump order for a review of bans on offshore oil drilling in parts of the Arctic and Pacific and Atlantic oceans points to renewed expansion of such drilling.
  • Trump has said the U.S. environmental regulations are “out of control,” and has removed protections of certain species, like the Yellowstone grizzly bear, and ordered reviews of rules protecting other endangered species, like the greater sage-grouse.

 

 

       

 

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