For those of you who may have forgotten, or some who never knew, we once had rivers in the United States that would catch fire because they were so polluted. The image above is the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Ohio. The Cuyahoga River caught fire thirteen times between 1868 and 1969. The citizens of Cleveland, and indeed the nation, decided something needed to be done about the pollution of our waterways.
On February 28th, 2017, Donald Trump rescinded the “Waters of the United States” rule. It seems that Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, and his band of misfits, believe that we no longer need protection of our waterways and our environment. As stated in a recent New York Times article
In his days since being confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations.
Also on the EPA front, the Wall Street Journal pens an article stating “EPA set to reconsider car emissions standards set under the Obama administration,” and Rob Davis from The Oregonian gives us a “List of 42 of President Donald Trump’s planned EPA budget cuts.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke, the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior announced that the Department will offer 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The proposed region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 16, 2017 would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Another Gulf Oil Spill anyone?
Considering the misguided ideas and unlawful conduct of this incompetent public employee, the only executive order I want to see from Donald Trump is this one:
(FYI – you can make The Donald order anything you want by following the instructions here)