In advance of Donald Trump’s “State of the Union” address, nine environmental NGOs released their own statement about the state of the nation’s environment, condemning the US President's administration.
"Donald Trump's administration has unleashed an unprecedented assault on our environment and the health of our communities. His policies threaten our climate, air, water, public lands, wildlife, and oceans; no amount of his greenwashing can change the simple fact: Donald Trump has been the worst president for our environment in history. Unfortunately, our children will pay the costs of this president's recklessness. Our organizations have repeatedly fought back against these attacks and we will continue to fight to ensure that our kids don't bear the brunt of the Trump administration's anti-environmental agenda."
The group supported its statement with a sample of the relaxation and rollback of over 90 rules and regulations and the sector affected by such change, including:
- Changes to the Water Supply Act and/or WOTUS (water pollution)
- Revocation of California’s waiver to set its own vehicle emissions standards (air pollution)
- Changes to the Endangered Species Act (flora and fauna protection from climate change)
- Replacement of the Clean Power Act (greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution)
In his address to the nation, Trump hailed his administration’s record as being good for the US. "Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far". In the same speech, Trump announced his decision to join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “One Trillion Trees” initiative.
It would seem that Trump “forgot” that such “natural solutions” need to be deployed on a very large scale in order to have any impact. To offset US emissions of 5.8 billion tons of greenhouse gases in 2019, it would take land area about 4 times the size of California.
This time the criticism has been led by Alaska Wilderness League Action, Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, EDF Action, Friends of the Earth, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society.
Martin Hayden, Vice President of Policy and Legislation at Earthjustice offered the following statement:
“We see the environmental state of President Trump’s union every day. Assaults on basic safeguards protecting clean air and water. Coal and oil lobbyists installed at the highest levels of government tasked with eviscerating our bedrock environmental laws. Secretive schemes to ensure that the public never gets a chance to hear about or speak out against any of it. The only power that’s restrained these corporate cronies in office is the power of the law — rest assured, Earthjustice will continue to use it to the fullest.”