Trump Policies Eliminate Environmental Protections

Posted on June 9, 2017 by

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One of the biggest issues surrounding Donald Trump as he ascended to the presidency was how he planned to deal with climate change and environmental regulation. Over the first few months of his term, Trump has already proposed budget cuts and legislation that will have adverse effects on the environment–and science in general.

For example, his proposed 2018 budget calls for defunding of the Environmental Protection Agency by 31%. This could result in the loss of 3200 jobs and the elimination of many major restoration projects. In addition, the EPA and Department of the Interior have also rid themselves of most climate change related information on their websites.

Many members of the Trump administration also support abandoning the Paris Agreement, a crucial treaty signed by many countries that could have major environmental and economic benefits. Other actions, such as the approval of the construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines as well as a rollback on clean water regulations, pose a serious threat to the environment.

One of the biggest criticisms facing the Trump administration regarding the environment is the appointment of Scott Pruitt as EPA director. A former Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt often sided with oil companies and sued the EPA for what he believed were overly extensive regulations.

Time will tell how much Donald Trump’s presidency will affect the environment in the U.S. and the world.