“President Trump’s executive order on infrastructure isn’t a ‘streamline’; it is a steam roller over our bedrock environmental protections at the expense of public health and communities. Ostensibly issued to speed the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure, today’s order instead weakens his administration’s enforcement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and provides another corporate giveaway at our expense.
On Thursday, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, significantly weakening American leadership in the global effort to fight climate change. After ignoring advice from his peers, scientists, business leaders, activsts and citizens, President Trump said he based he planned to negotiate for a 'better' deal. However this is not possible.
Washington, D.C., Jun 5th – Today, Clean Air Task Force, on behalf of Earthworks along with other environmental groups dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. reduces its greenhouse gas emissions,sued EPA in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C. over its decision to stay for 90 days the effectiveness of certain methane and other air pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. In the wake of the Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the groups have filed a motion seeking to immediately stop the EPA action, marking the first legal challenge filed against a Trump Administration’s EPA action to stay emission reduction requirements of a climate regulation.
At 2pm today, the Trump Administration is expected to release a sweeping executive order rolling back climate initiatives put in place during the previous administration. Based on last night's White House briefing, Earthworks' Policy Director Lauren Pagel has the following statement: