Trump Admin Puts Public Health And Lives At Risk
February 1, 2019
Trump and his administration have repeatedly taken actions that would not only hurt our environment, but would put Americans’ health and lives at risk. Here’s the latest:
Trump’s regulatory rollbacks could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths, while saving the fossil fuel industry $11.6 billion.
Associated Press: “The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. The AP identified up to $11.6 billion in potential future savings for companies that extract, burn and transport fossil fuels. Industry windfalls of billions of dollars more could come from a freeze in vehicle efficiency standards that will yield an estimated 79 billion-gallon (300 million-liter) increase in fuel consumption.”
The Trump administration is planning to impose no drinking water limit for two toxic chemicals linked to cancer.
Politico: “The Trump administration will not set a drinking water limit for two toxic chemicals that are contaminating millions of Americans’ tap water, two sources familiar with the forthcoming decision told POLITICO. … The chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS, have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, hypertension and other ailments. Major chemical companies like 3M as well as the Defense Department would face billions of dollars in liability from aggressive efforts to regulate and clean up the chemical, which has contaminated groundwater near hundreds of military bases and chemical plants.”
Trump’s Interior Department is allowing non-Senate-confirmed appointees to serve in senior roles, including as National Park Service deputy director, without the scrutiny of a confirmation process.
Washington Post: “At the Interior Department, more than half a dozen major divisions lack Senate-confirmed leaders. But that’s not slowing the department down: On Tuesday, Acting Secretary David Bernhardt amended a secretarial order that will allow these appointees to keep serving until the end of May, if need be. The unusual move means that some of the most influential decision-makers at Interior will never have faced formal Senate scrutiny. The original order, which then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed on Nov. 13, stipulated that eight officials could head major sections of the department even though they had not been confirmed. The group includes principal deputy solicitor Daniel Jorjani; National Park Service deputy director P. Daniel Smith; and the Bureau of Land Management’s deputy director for policy and programs Brian Steed.”
Trump’s administration continues to ignore the threat of climate change, censoring the topic from the Department of Transportation’s letters and appointing skeptics to advisory board.
Washington Post: “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Tuesday that a response to inquiries he made about the impact of climate change on infrastructure in his state was censored by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s office. […] At a senate hearing Tuesday, Whitehouse alleged that Chao’s letter in response — which he said was originally drafted by staff at the Department of Transportation — had been the subject of ‘political censoring’ by Chao’s office. One reference to ‘sea level rise’ was changed to read ‘sea level variations,’ according to a comparison of the draft letter and the final letter released by Whitehouse. And the words ‘climate change’ were also edited out, he noted.”
The Hill: “Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler has put eight new members on the agency’s main board of external science advisers. The new members include John Christy, an atmospheric science professor at the University of Alabama – Huntsville who is an outspoken climate skeptic and often cited by pundits and politicians opposing climate policies. Christy’s work includes arguing that the climate is less sensitive to greenhouse gas emissions than the scientific consensus has found, including the United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He argues, therefore, that human activity has a very small impact on the climate.”