Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Speech on Environment Doesn't Pass Smell Test with Activists

Trump Speech on Environment Doesn't Pass Smell Test with Activists

"Donald Trump lecturing the world about America's environmental leadership is completely at odds with reality, " said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, in a statement.

During his speech, Trump held up his decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, the cleanup of some polluted sites around the country and the opening of some public lands for hunters as examples of positive moves made by his administration.

The Health Effects Institute's State of Global Air 2019 report shows the USA ranks 123rd out of 195 nations when it comes to smog, or ozone pollution.

During a White House event on environmental protection, Trump patted himself on the back for his "remarkable" Salute to America event and its "incredible, big handsome crowds".

Though Wheeler claimed during the call that climate change was being addressed by the administration, it was not brought up by administration members during Monday's White House event.

Trump, who has rolled back multiple Obama-era regulations to combat climate change, said the previous administration sacrificed in pursuit of environmental protection. "It is one of the reasons suburban voters across the country elected politicians that would challenge the administration on climate change and a whole host of environmental policies".

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Leading environmentalists not invited to the White House event were not impressed.

Trump says, "We celebrated freedom in all of its magnificence". A senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the New York Times there are moderate voters who "just want to know that he's being responsible" on environmental issues - and that is who today's speech was created to reach.

These moves come as federal data suggests that USA air quality is worsening and its overall greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise.

"The president recognizes that a strong economy is vital for a healthy environment and improving environmental protection, " Neumayr said. All 23 said they would rejoin the 2015 Paris climate agreement Trump has disavowed, under which the United States has pledged to cut its carbon output between 26 and 28 percent by 2030. "We want crystal clean water and that's what we're doing and that's what we're working on so hard".

And ahead of the speech, the Sierra Club said the President "has quickly established the worst record on the environment and climate action of any president in the history of the country".

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