Trump Tries to Throw Out Environmental Reviews While Nation in Crisis

WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an unprecedented Executive Order today that would use the cover of our current emergencies to ram through polluting projects.

The following is a statement from Gina McCarthy, President and CEO at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“Instead of trying to ease the pain of a nation in crisis, President Trump is focused on easing the pain of polluters.

“Abusing emergency powers to deep-six necessary environmental reviews is utterly senseless. These reviews are required by law to protect people from industries that can harm our health and our communities. Getting rid of them will hit those who live closest to polluting facilities and highways the hardest—in many of the same communities already suffering the most from the national emergencies at hand.

“Americans are crying out for leadership to confront racist violence and stop the spread of a deadly pandemic. This administration is not only ignoring those cries—but piling on the burden. We will not let this stand.”

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