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

Watch again: Trump touts environment record amid criticism

Watch again: Trump touts environment record amid criticism

Just 8% of Democrats approved of Trump's performance on climate change, compared with 67% of Republicans. "We want the cleanest air". For some, though, his list of achievements is a tough sell.

Among others called to the podium by Trump was the owner of a bait-and-tackle shop in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The president made no mention of climate change, which scientists say threatens catastrophic impacts unless global greenhouse gas emissions - including from fossil fuels - are dramatically reduced in the next decade or so. We want crystal clean water.

In comments before the speech, Mary Neumayr, chairwoman of the administration's Council on Environmental Quality, and Andrew Wheeler, head of the Trump EPA, pointed to overall US progress cleaning up the air and water since the 1970s, and said progress has continued under Trump.

"It must be opposite day at the White House if President Trump is dubbing himself an environmental leader", said Dan Lashof, U.S. director of World Resources Institute, in a statement. The GOP's environmental agenda and record is deeply unpopular. He's claimed windmills cause cancer and repeatedly said the United States has the cleanest water and air.

They have also criticized the administration for allowing the United States to slip on other basic measures of environmental health such as air pollution and enforcement. However, the EPI states the U.S. ranks 10th for air quality and 29th for water and sanitation quality. "A changing climate is making it harder to protect human health", it said.

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Trump did claim some environmental progress for his administration, predicting carbon emissions in the United States would drop this year and in 2020 and stating the government is now strengthening standards of lead and copper in drinking water for the first time in almost 30 years.

"These radical plans would not make the world cleaner". It is far more limited in scope and could let some coal-fired power plants keep operating longer.

Trump, who called climate change a "hoax" during his presidential campaign, said the Paris Agreement is a "bad deal" for the US economy.

The Guardian first reported the speech last week, saying Trump will push back on the criticism around his environmental rollbacks as Democrats continue to focus on climate change in the 2020 presidential election. Research shows more people are linking extreme weather disasters with the warming climate.

The Trump campaign responded to the poll Sunday telling ABC News the president is in a stronger position for his re-election bid than past incumbents, including Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. A recent Gallup Poll also found that more Americans favor environmental protection over economic growth. He also described the Green New Deal's cost appeared to have been drawn from a conservative group with undisclosed donors as "unthinkable" and "unaffordable even in the best of times".

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