President Trump has made it abundantly clear that protecting our natural resources is pretty low on his list of priorities. Since being sworn into office, he's vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, placed a climate skeptic at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, cut funding for environmental health investigations, and put our national parks under fire. He's scrapped the White House's climate change webpage and taken steps to drop federal scientific research altogether.
When Rhea Suh, the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental action organization, stopped by our offices for the mbg podcast this summer, she broke down what these actions really mean for Americans. Through repealing laws put forth to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe, Trump is endangering all of us, across party lines and ideologies. "I think he's surpassed even our worst expectations on how bad an administration could be on environmental issues," she said.
Trump's gradual repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a regulation passed by the Obama administration to limit the carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, is perhaps the most egregious attack on our shared resources to date. In nixing the plan, he's taking a giant leap backward in climate protection and sending the message that profit will always trump (ugh) pollution.
Thankfully, people aren't taking this lightly. Instead, they're planting the seeds of rebellion—quite literally.