An Environmental Election
This week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, President Trump used his speech to dismiss “perennial prophets of doom” – a shot at climate activists across the globe. As he dutifully read those words from a teleprompter, more than 60 brushfires were still burning in Australia. Those fires had already ravaged nearly 25 million acres of land, and by some estimates, killed more than one billion animals.
President Trump used this tired trope to defend his Administration’s three-year campaign to unravel environmental protections big and small in the United States. By the time his first term ends in January of 2021, Trump and his lieutenants will have attacked just about every significant environmental policy or protective statute established in my lifetime.
The consequences of this presidential election are bigger than just you or me: our climate and environmental future hangs in the balance. That is why EDF Action has made the decision to oppose the re-election of President Trump – and we will work in every way we know how to make certain that voters across the country understand what is at stake in November.
This decision was not made lightly. EDF Action has a long track-record of building bipartisan coalitions and supporting both Republicans and Democrats who make climate change and protecting our environment a top priority. And this won’t change. In 2018, EDF Action supported members of both parties up-and-down the ballot –including former Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), two GOP lawmakers that vocally supported climate action in Congress.
But Donald Trump isn’t from the same mold as these conservation-minded Republicans. Instead, for the past three years, President Trump and his administration have made their priorities clear – they’ve systematically attacked our public health and environmental safeguards and the agencies that are tasked with protecting our communities.
From the start, President Trump chose lobbyists and industry insiders to run the very agencies that are supposed to safeguard public health and protect our air and water. They are undoing the progress made by past presidents, cutting critical research funding, trying to discredit science and scientists, abandoning the international climate agreement, and proposing rules that favor industry while polluting our air and water. They aren’t rogue agents – they are doing the job President Trump wants them to do.
In fact, one of the most recent rollbacks shows just how far his administration is willing to go. For nearly 50 years, there has been bipartisan consensus that communities need to have a voice in the review of projects like pipelines, border walls and potential drilling spots, but for the first time, we have a president who is attempting to punch dangerous loopholes into the review process.
But it doesn’t just stop there. The Trump Administration is also trying to challenge long-standing state authority to enforce more protective clean car standards—authority that Republicans and Democrats alike have supported and implemented over decades to achieve major progress in reducing tailpipe pollution.
Frankly, the list goes on and on. President Trump and his administration have a disastrous record that harms our environment and our health all while repeatedly denying the very reality of climate change – putting the survival of our planet at risk.
Our environment cannot afford another four years of these radical and irresponsible policies. That’s why we must do everything we can to defeat President Trump – our children’s future and our planet depend on it.
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