Washington, DC — The National Wildlife Federation challenged the Trump Administration to change course on its lack of environmental leadership, ahead of reported planned remarks.
“Actions speak louder than words—and for the past 900 days this administration has repeatedly acted to allow more mercury, smog and carbon pollution into our air, more nutrient and sediment pollution into our waterways, and more destruction of essential wildlife habitat in our treasured natural places,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “They’ve proposed slashing EPA and Interior budgets, including defunding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Most irresponsibly, they’ve muzzled climate science and abandoned efforts to confront the climate crisis at home and abroad. With the exception of signing a few bipartisan conservation bills and encouraging the conservation of migration corridors, the hard truth is that after nearly 2.5 years in office, the President has failed to live up to the words of his promises. Now he needs to show us, not tell us, that he supports conservation.”
A few examples of the lack of leadership at Trump Administration agencies responsible for protecting America’s natural resources include:
Any claims of environmental stewardship aim to obscure the Trump Administration’s attacks on science and a policy approach that forfeits American’s rights to clean air, water and access to public lands.
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