Trump Denies Climate Change While Putting Public Health At Risk
February 25, 2019
Trump continues to deny the reality of climate change, while he fills his administration with industry insiders and takes steps to undermine climate science, harm the environment and put our public health at risk.
Trump plans to create a climate panel to counter the scientific conclusion that fossil fuels harm the planet and question the severity of climate change.
Washington Post: “The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and counter conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three senior administration officials. The National Security Council initiative would include scientists who question the severity of climate impacts and the extent to which humans contribute to the problem, according to these individuals, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”
Trump’s EPA regulator, Bill Wehrum, is “dangerously close” to violating federal ethics rules by working with former clients and weighing in on policy that benefits them.
Washington Post: “Less than a month into his tenure as the top air policy official at the Environmental Protection Agency, Bill Wehrum hopped into the EPA’s electric Chevy Volt and rode to the Pennsylvania Avenue offices of his former law firm. There, he met with representatives of the nation’s largest power companies — including two groups that, shortly before, had been his paying clients — to brief them on the Trump administration’s plans to weaken federal environmental regulations. The Dec. 7, 2017, meeting is just one example of interactions between Wehrum, a skilled lawyer and regulator, and former clients that ethics experts say comes dangerously close to violating federal ethics rules.”
Washington Post: “Since joining the EPA in November 2017, Wehrum acknowledges that he has met with two former clients at his old firm — without consulting in advance with ethics officials, even though they had cautioned him about such interactions. He also weighed in on a policy shift that could have influenced litigation involving DTE Energy, a Detroit-based utility represented by his former firm.”
Trump’s Interior Department has given over 1,500 safety rule waivers to offshore oil drillers.
Politico: “The Interior Department has given offshore oil drillers nearly 1,700 exemptions to Obama-era safety rules put in place after BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, effectively gutting parts of the regulation before the Trump administration officially rolls them back.”