Monday July 23, 2018
American voters need to pay attention to this administration's actions.
While the country's focus is on President Donald Trump and Russia, federal agencies are hard at work rolling back regulations that protect the American people.
Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency have been rolling back vital climate and clean air protections. This includes the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric plants. They also lifted a moratorium on federal coal leasing and removed the requirements that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions. The Senate voted to reverse the Stream Protection Rule, which seeks to protect waterways from debris generated by surface mining.
The EPA will repeal a requirement to provide information about chemical hazards to first responders and the public. This information can help people protect themselves from exposure to dangerous chemicals. The EPA justifies the decision by pointing out that it will save the chemical industry $88 million per year.
Rolling back the chemical disaster rule will, by the EPA's own assessment, harm low-income and minority communities more than others. The EPA didn't hear from communities because the only public meeting about the rollbacks was held in Washington. Meanwhile, industry interests have been well-represented as the agency makes its decisions.
These rollbacks make big businesses richer without regard to the harm and cost to the environment and to the American people.
American voters need to wake up.
Dropping regulations will hurt environment