Trump & Climate Change


The Trump Administration has:

– Pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the landmark international treaty to address climate change. 

– Appointed Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal industry lobbyist and anti-EPA attorney, to run EPA. 

– Left climate change completely out of the proposed 2021 federal budget and called for steep cuts to environmental programs.

-Proposed to drop standards to monitor and repair leaks of methane — a “super pollutant” vastly more potent than carbon dioxide in causing global warming.

– Ignored scientific data about the risks of climate change and dissolved the federal government’s science-based climate change advisory boards.

– Reversed 100 environmental rules, many of which involved climate change. 

– Dismantled the Clean Power Plan, a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

– Proposed cutting funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), a move that would undermine promising new clean-energy technologies.

– Significantly weakened emissions standards that require automakers to produce more fuel-efficient and less polluting vehicles.

– Proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) so that agencies can ignore climate change when measuring environmental impacts of major infrastructure projects. 

– Used the Covid-19 pandemic as a “rationale” to temporarily waive required environmental reviews of infrastructure projects—and permanently weaken clean air and climate change rules.

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