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Donald Trump’s First Address to Congress Reinforced Assault on Environment

The address covered topics that tie back to campaign promises and his anti-environment agenda.

The President held his first address with Congress after several weeks in office. This first address covered a number of wide ranging topics that tie back to campaign promises as well as multiple reinforcements of his assault on the environment. The speech also connected well with his work to undermine the health and well-being of the nation.

Admittedly, the President held a more mature tone than virtually any other his other speeches. He largely maintained to his script which included the first earnest message of unity across both parties. There are plenty of other people to dissect the impacts of party division and the role Trump has played, so we’re going to stick with his messaging and lack of messaging when it came to the environment.

Here are the highlights he boasted both directly and indirectly during his speech:

Key Environmental Points from Trump’s Congressional Speech

  • The Trump Administration has eliminated the Stream Protection Rule. This makes Coal Great Again by allowing the mines to eliminate pesky waste directly into local streams and waterways.
  • The Administration is striving to reduce regulation through the implementation of the arbitrary 2 for 1 rule. This rule requires the elimination of 2 regulations for the implementation of every new one. Note that rule is in fact unconstitutional for the EPA since the regulations they implement are actually determined by congress.
  • The Keystone XL pipeline was pushed forward with no regard for the reasoning behind the protests. Never mind that 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline only 150 miles from the protests (while the protests were going on).

Trump’s Speech Remained Silent on Several Other Key Topics

  • The speech was silent on his directive to wipe out the EPA budget and his party’s efforts already put in motion to completely eliminate the agency.
  • There was no mention of the Clean Power Plan and his work to have the law dismantled. This will allow coal fired power plants to push pollution into the air.
  • The speech also neglected to mention the Administration’s focus on weakening the Endangered Species Act.
  • Climate change was also neglected in the speech…

Reuters conducted a recent poll. In that poll, they identified that 61% of all Americans want to strengthen the EPA. Only 19% seek to weaken the agency.