Most Americans agree that Donald J. Trump is a mix of braggadocio and persistent controversy.
Water does not care about who you voted for in the last election.. If the water and the environment are poison - you and your family will be in trouble regardless of your political party - regardless of your beliefs.
The Trump White House is turning a blind eye to the stewardship of our planet and compromising our water supply. The Trump Administration is re-writing environmental initiatives which have been in place for decades. In his first year in office Trump has reversed environmental policies which will now endanger the safety of our water supplies for over 300 million Americans. OUCH !!! How did this happen ??
The Trump administration’s environmental policies will have a profound impact on our future, unless we push back and demand this insanity to stop. Despite overwhelming empirical evidence from leading scientists and rising support for clean water and a greener planet, President Trump’s policies will have a detrimental impact on the USA’s environmental policies, the future our water safety regulations and our health. Wake up, this is a war on water.
Warning the Trump Administration’s environmental policies are harmful to your health --
Thankfully the Obama Administration took proactive steps, backing up and archiving key environmental databases upon learning that Donald J. Trump would be President.
The Trump Administration has as of this report taken actions to slow or repeal environmental protections related for clean water, coal mining waste, oil and gas drilling, vehicle emissions, and power plant carbon dioxide emissions. Many of the Trump Administration’s actions roll back policies that aimed to curb climate change and limit environmental pollution, while other Trump Executive directives threaten to limit federal funding for science and the environment. All this in the name of economic growth and eliminating ambiguous regulations. Really? Bulldinky !!!
The Trump Administration has also . . .
President Trump and many of his inner circle in the White House have expressed skepticism about climate change. The government’s revised Climate Change page now carries a sole mention of “climate change”— and does not explain what the phenomenon is, how it affects Americans nor what the Trump Administration is doing about it.
Don’t Drink the Water -- Recently appointed EPA head, Scott Pruitt’s “back-to-basics” agenda for the environmental protection agency, protects “the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth.”
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Pruitt has a long history prior to becoming the EPA director. While acting as the Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt filed several lawsuits, along with the fossil fuel industry, against the EPA over the prior administration’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pruitt rejects the scientific community’s including US agencies NASA and NOAA, consensus that human activities are a primary contributor to climate change and does not accept that carbon dioxide is the primary agent to global warming.
Opponents have expressed concerns that Pruitt’s history of accepting large donations from fossil-fuel companies could undermine his decisions as head of the EPA and is viewed as a serious conflict of interest. Prior to becoming the acting EPA head, Pruitt began litigation suing the EPA over the President Obama’s signature energy policy: The Clean Power Plan. Pruitt is also reviewing the Waters of the United States rule which extended federal protections to some headwaters of larger waterways, wetlands, and isolated lakes.
Against the advice of the EPA’s chemical safety experts, Scott Pruitt rejects a decade-old petition asking that the EPA ban all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos that research finds may be associated with brain damage in children and farm workers, even at low exposures. Additionally, environmental proponents fear former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, now acting Agriculture Secretary, will not sufficiently address the effects that farm pollution has on sources of drinking water.
Muddy Waters -- One in three Americans get their water from public drinking water systems partly sourced from streams (EPA) protected by the Clean Water Act passed by the Nixon Administration, 1972. Developers, business, and agriculture groups oppose the rule because they believe that their private property rights are violated and that undue regulatory burdens are created. These streams will now be in danger of pollution by industrial and agricultural waste, sewage, radioactive materials and a large number of other pollutants now covered by the Clean Water Rule.
Under the direction of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, The Trump Administration plans to open up more federal land for energy development, such as fracking and drilling. Critics of the Trump Administration find Rick Perry’s confirmation as head of the Department of Energy troubling in part due to his previous denial of man-made climate change and his close ties to the Texas oil and gas industry. Rick Perry called for eliminating the Department of Energy when he was running for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.
President Trump’s 2018 budget calls for massive cuts in scientific research and many environmental programs that protect air and water. The budget outlines deep cuts to U.S. science and environmental agencies—notably EPA and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—and a vast array of social programs. The proposed budget ends the EPA’s lead-risk reduction and radon detection programs and cuts funding for the Superfund cleanup program. The budget proposal does, however, retain funding for grants and financing to states and cities for drinking water and wastewater programs.
Andrew Steer, CEO of the World Resources Institute, said that Trump’s environmental policies are a "failing a test of leadership to protect Americans' health, the environment and economy."
Dirty Water -- Anticipated EPA budget cuts are expected to lead to decreased regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which would result in less federal oversight of clean-up projects that protect water and air quality, leaving much of the effort up to the states. Environmentalists fear that these cuts will result in health problems for those living near these sites, as there will be less funding for water pollution mitigation.
Under the Trump administration’s State Department, Rex Tillerson has granted a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Tillerson is the former chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil. You may recall that Exxon reached a civil settlement with the U.S. government and the state of Alaska in which Exxon agreed to pay $900 million in payments, a $25 million criminal fine and $100 million in restitution for the oil tanker Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spewing more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into the surrounding ecosystem. To date, Exxon has yet to pay up — in fact, they’ve been fighting the claims all along.
The 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline would connect Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Texas. Environmentalists fear the pipeline will exacerbate future carbon emissions. The pipeline remains the subject of a lawsuit by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline has started pumping oil into the pipeline laid underneath North Dakota’s Lake Oahe. The pipeline, runs near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and through land promised under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie but later taken away. The pipeline sparked protests over its potential to contaminate water and damage a sacred tribal site—a movement that grew into the largest Native American protest in recent history.
Our Planet is No Longer Safe -- President Trump, in a snub to business leaders, scientists and the world community, has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, steering away from a group of 194 other countries that have promised to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
As part of the Paris accord, the U.S. had agreed to cut its emissions by about a quarter percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The accord was signed by 195 countries, pledges to ceasing carbon emissions to the atmosphere due to human activity to curtail a rise in the average global temperature by 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. The 2 degree threshold is widely recognized by scientists as the level at which catastrophic climate changes would have disastrous effects on our planet.
In abandoning that promise, Trump has U.S. ceded leadership. Several states have stepped here in the U.S. to continue to support the Paris accord. This fight is far from over, the wisdom of the crowd will weigh in on climate change in the months ahead.
Trump’s "actions are an assault on American values and … endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American," Tom Steyer, the president of NextGen Climate. "Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense."
Listen to what former Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has to say.
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