What Trump is Doing: Environment
Donald Trump has said that climate change is a Chinese hoax and argued for more fossil fuel production. It’s clear he will be a far different president on the environment than his predecessor. Here’s a number of troubling developments that are already in motion:
Donald Trump appointed Scott Pruitt as the leader of EPA. He’s the Attorney General of Oklahoma (a state known for fracking) who has sued the EPA multiple times. Pruitt wants fewer EPA restrictions, believes states should have the ability to create their own environmental standards and won’t acknowledge the magnitude of climate change. Hundreds of EPA employees who have never spoken out against government officials before are finding their voices to contact the White House and legislators in an effort to stop Pruitt’s confirmation as head of EPA. He is clearly not the man who should be in charge of creating and maintaining environmental standards.
Trump told employees of USDA and EPA not to speak in public about climate change and EPA had to take down their climate change page. He is requiring that all information about climate change must be vetted by the political staff before being released to the public.
Trump instructed a freeze on all EPA grants and contracts within a few hours of taking office, which could stall climate change research and environmental justice projects.
And in yet another move against the environment, Trump signed executive actions to continue construction on the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines that Obama halted construction on. Not to mention, Trump has stock in the Dakota Access pipeline.