Sept 9 2020: No. 1 Environmental Prevaricator

In Florida this week the President claimed to the the No. 1 Environmental President. You and I might laugh out loud at the audacity of this thought, but he is doing visible things that will impress his base and voters who just need an excuse to vote for him. So he will get some credit. His administration has endorsed a 10-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling off the state’s coastline as well as the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, signed the Great American Outdoors act, and is being credited with cleaning up superfund sites as well as making clean-up a major focus for future actions (notably, rather than climate change activity).

This is the same President who has called climate change a hoax, vowed to exit the Paris Agreement, weakened oversight of drilling  in federal waters, opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas companies, loosened restrictions on toxic air pollution, rolled back clean water protections, rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards and much more.

Just take air quality alone, which is awfully important to us in East TN. According to the Huffington Post:

“The Trump administration has repeatedly attempted to roll back, weaken and undermine the 1970 Clean Air Act, which is responsible for what the American Lung Association labelled a decades-long “slow but steady improvement” in the nation’s air quality.

According to the American Lung Association, the EPA under Trump has actively sought to loosen restrictions on hazardous air pollutants including arsenic, CO₂, hydrogen sulfide and mercury, and has taken steps to roll back methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry.

In 2018, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a formal coal lobbyist, disbanded the air quality panel tasked with advising on airborne particulate matter. He replaced committee members with paid consultants linked to the fossil fuel, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.”

His is blatant greenwashing and don’t let his Administration get away with it.