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Trump's EPA cuts prosecutions of polluters
Trump's EPA cuts prosecutions of polluters
We just learned that under President Trump, the EPA has cut inspections of industrial facilities, oil and gas drilling operations, and power plants in half. That means across the country, fossil fuel giants could be blatantly flouting environmental regulations and pumping untold amounts of pollution into our air…with the president’s blessing.

And criminal prosecutions of polluters by the EPA have hit a 30-year low.

All this is a reminder that the Trump administration’s attacks are continuing unabated — and we can’t rest for one second in this all-important fight to stop them.

Now that we’ve elected new, pro-environment leaders to Washington, we need to push them to block Trump’s destructive agenda at every turn, and to enact lasting environmental change.

On Capitol Hill, we’re intensifying our efforts to lobby policymakers and motivate Americans to take grassroots action to protect our environment. We will:

• Push Congress to advance groundbreaking climate solutions that rise to the ambitions of the Green New Deal, and counter the influence of big polluters who seek to shut down the conversation about fighting climate change

• Fight to block dirty coal and oil industry insiders like Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt from being confirmed to two of the highest and most important environmental posts in the federal government

• Advocate for vital legislation like the ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019 and the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act, which protect national monuments like Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante from being carved up and sold off to the highest bidder at the President’s discretion

•Support policies in Congress that will block Trump’s attempts to drill for oil and gas off our coasts and in the Arctic

As long as we have a president who prioritizes polluters and rejects pro-environmental policies, we must continue to demand action from our leaders at every level of government.

The good news is that just two months into 2019, the leaders that you fought hard to bring into office are already making important environmental strides:

✔ The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hosted its first climate hearing in six years, and a hearing held the same day by the House Natural Resources Committee was the first to have the words “climate change” in the title in ten years

✔ The House created the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, a 15-member bipartisan panel dedicated to developing innovative and effective solutions to prevent and reverse climate change

✔ The most sweeping conservation legislation in nearly a decade recently passed in the Senate, protecting more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness, and is moving to the House for final approval

Each time we raise our voices, we are changing the conversation in Washington. And we’ll continue to push for laws that protect our monuments and public lands, defend healthy air and water, support clean energy jobs, and deliver urgently needed climate action.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC Action Fund

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 (Archive on Monday, March 18, 2019)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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