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President Trump signs sweeping executive order attacking environment

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2017) – President Trump signed a sweeping executive order today that removes key Obama administration protections for our air, lands, water and wildlife. Today’s order calls for dismantling many of the Obama administration’s efforts to combat climate change.

Statement from Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO, Jamie Rappaport Clark:

“Climate change is the single greatest global threat we face, and it’s already happening, right now. It has vast implications for our health, our communities and our lands and wildlife.

“This executive order only serves polluters who would prefer to operate without regard for our natural heritage or future generations. It does not serve the clear majority of American people who want our children to inherit a healthy planet. It does not serve thousands of communities that depend on rivers and streams for clean, safe drinking water. And it absolutely does not serve our nation’s wildlife, which must fight for survival against habitat damage and pollution in a rapidly changing climate.

“Under the Obama administration, we made strides to reduce emissions and create strategies to prepare for and reduce the impacts of climate change. But with this latest executive order, President Trump could turn back the clock on almost all of that – all but guaranteeing that we will face more climate disasters and be less able to cope with them.

“President Trump’s actions mark a dismal beginning for an administration that promised to ‘Make America Great Again’.”

  • The Clean Power Plan (CCP) was announced on August 3, 2015, as a historic step forward in reducing carbon emissions from power plants. The United States’ most ambitious action yet taken to combat climate change, the CCP set the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants and gave states the opportunity to craft implementation plans tailored to their needs.
  • The coal leasing moratorium put on hold new federal coal leasing on Bureau of Land Management lands and in other parts of the country while the Department of the Interior conducted a long-overdue review of the federal coal program. It went into effect on January 15, 2016: Department of the Interior Release on Coal Moratorium
  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) climate guidance finalized last summer urged agencies to incorporate the impacts of climate change into analyses and decisions they make pursuant to NEPA. The guidance would have improved agency decision-making by assessing the effects of projects’ emissions of greenhouse gases on the climate and the effects of climate change on the project itself, thereby helping to ensure that taxpayer-funded investments will be resilient to the impacts of climate change.

More from Defenders of Wildlife on the EPA and Clean Power Plan:


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