12
February
2018
|
08:27 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

President’s Infrastructure Proposal Invites Disaster

Today President Trump released an infrastructure proposal that bulldozes environmental laws to favor careless development at the expense of our air, land, water and wildlife.

Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark issued the following statement:

“President Trump’s infrastructure proposal isn’t just a bad deal for communities and wildlife across America. It’s a brazen attempt to bulldoze environmental protections to benefit deep-pocketed developers, and that’s not what Americans want.

“Americans oppose any infrastructure plan that would jeopardize our environment and public health to build bridges and roads. We’re calling on Congress to pass an infrastructure plan that provides for carefully planned, resilient infrastructure without sacrificing healthy communities and our natural heritage to special interests.”

 

 

Background:

  • President Trump’s infrastructure proposal is out of touch with Americans’ environmental values. Recent public polling by Hart Research on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for American Progress found that 94 percent of American voters, including 92 percent of President Trump voters reject the proposition that we should reduce protections for air, water, wildlife and natural places to improve our nation’s infrastructure.
  • The poll also found that voters disagree with President Trump’s repeated false claims that current environmental protections must be sacrificed to speed infrastructure projects.

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.