A Mock Trial in the Court of Common Sense
CHARGE: Donald Trump is destroying the Earth's environment. EVIDENCE:
Smart Dissent: Deregulation section Smart Dissent: Environment section
EXHIBIT A: Trump dramatically changes US approach to climate change By Dan Merica - March 29, 2017 READ FULL REPORT
EXHIBIT B: Trump's budget plan has EPA bracing for cuts Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will sign a sweeping executive order Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, which looks to curb the federal government's enforcement of climate regulations by putting American jobs above addressing climate change. The order represents a clear difference between how Trump and former President Barack Obama view the role the United States plays in combating climate change, and dramatically alters the government's approach to rising sea levels and temperatures -- two impacts of climate change. Tuesday's order will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plant initiative, rescind the moratorium on coal mining on US federal lands and urge federal agencies to "identify all regulations, all rules, all policies ... that serve as obstacles and impediments to American energy independence," the official said. Specifically, the order will rescind at least six Obama-era executive orders aimed at curbing climate change and regulating carbon emissions, including Obama's November 2013 executive order instructing the federal government to prepare for the impact of climate change and the September 2016 presidential memorandum that outlined the "growing threat to national security" that climate change poses. The executive order also represents the greatest fears climate change advocates had when Trump was elected in November 2016. "These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American," Tom Steyer, the president of NexGen Climate, said in a statement. "Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense." Andrew Steer, CEO of the World Resources Institute, said that the executive order shows Trump is "failing a test of leadership to protect Americans' health, the environment and economy." READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT D: Here are 42 of President Donald Trump's planned EPA budget cuts Lowlights: Puget Sound. Funding for restoration work in the country's second-largest estuary would be cut from $28 million to $2 million. The Great Lakes. Funding to combat algae blooms, invasive species and other water pollution problems in the world's largest group of freshwater lakes would be cut from $300 million to $10 million. The Chesapeake Bay. Funding for restoration in the country's largest estuary would be cut from $73 million to $5 million. Research on endocrine disruptors. The EPA's work studying chemicals that can interfere with the body's reproductive and developmental systems would nearly be eliminated, dropping from $7.5 million to $445,000. Diesel emissions. Since 2008, the EPA has issued grants to accelerate the country's transition from old, dirty diesel engines to cleaner burning trucks and equipment. They've been responsible for most of Oregon's progress in addressing cancer-causing diesel soot, a major air pollution source. Beach water quality testing. The EPA spends about $9.5 million to fund state testing of bacteria levels at beaches around the country. In Oregon, it funds state testing during the summer. That would be eliminated. The U.S.-Mexico border. Sewage and garbage from Mexico frequently sweeps into San Diego during winter rainstorms. The EPA has funded work there to slow the flood of garbage into the Pacific Ocean. Its program to address problems like that would be cut from $3 million to $275,000. Environmental education. The EPA spends $8.7 million annually on programs to educate children. Spending on them would be cut to $555,000. READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT E: Trump would cut Chesapeake Bay cleanup from $73M a year to $5M READ FULL STORY EXHIBIT E2: Trump directs EPA to begin dismantling clean water rule
by Evan Halper President Trump stepped up his attack on federal environmental protections Tuesday, issuing an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules that were enacted by his predecessor. The order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to set about dismantling the Waters of the United States rule takes aim at one of President Obama‚Äôs signature environmental legacies, a far-reaching anti-pollution effort that expanded the authority of regulators over the nation‚Äôs waterways and wetlands. READ FULL STORY EXHIBIT E3:
EXHIBIT F: Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater into Gulf of Mexico Okay, Says EPA The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft plan ‚Äď based on outdated data ‚Äď of dumping wastewater from fracking into the Gulf of Mexico. READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT H: I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations.
by Victoria Herrmann These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average
Analysis: Trump signals end of US dominance in climate change battle READ FULL STORY EXHIBIT H2:
EXHIBIT J: Donald Trump announces an executive order that could roll back Cleaner Cars standards that reduce pollution and save American families money.
EXHIBIT K: According to Scott Pruitt, states only have the right to pollute, not protect their environments READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT L: Great Lakes Scientist says, ‚ÄúIf We Lose The EPA, We Lose Lake Erie‚ÄĚ READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT M: New EPA head takes action - delaying a mining clean-up rule
Pruitt‚Äôs ties to fossil fuel interests are already under scrutiny. READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT N: Donald Trump may back dangerous 'wall in the sky' plan to fight climate change, warns watchdog
Ian Johnston, Environment Correspondent - March 27, 2017 READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT O: Even ExxonMobil Wants President Trump to Stick With the Paris Climate Deal
Aric Jenkins - Mar 29, 2017 READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT P: Senators Plead With Trump To Rescind Climate Executive Order
'Unfortunately, your Executive Order takes the nation in the wrong direction.'
By Lydia O‚ÄôConnor & Chris D‚ÄôAngelo - 03/28/2017 READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT Q2: EPA chief, rejecting agency's own analysis, declines to ban pesticide despite health concerns READ FULL STORY EXHIBIT Q3: "Chlorpyrifos (IUPAC name: O,O-diethyl O-3,5,6-trichloropyridin-2-yl phosphorothioate) is a crystalline organophosphate insecticide, acaracide and miticide. It was introduced in 1965 by Dow Chemical Company and is known by many trade names including Dursban, Lorsban, Bolton Insecticide, Nufos, Cobalt, Hatchet, and Warhawk . It acts on the nervous system of insects by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. Chlorpyrifos is moderately toxic to humans, and exposure has been linked to neurological effects, persistent developmental disorders and autoimmune disorders. Exposure during pregnancy retards the mental development of children, and most home use was banned in 2001 in the U.S. In agriculture, it is "one of the most widely used organophosphate insecticides" in the United States, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and before being phased out for residential use was one of the most used residential insecticides. On March 29, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt denied a petition to ban chlorpyrifos." More Details
EXHIBIT R: Donald Trump Promised 'Clean Coal,' But It Doesn‚Äôt Exist
His latest executive order appears to be built more on a marketing myth than an energy breakthrough.
By Alexander C. Kaufman - 03/28/2017 READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT S: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson snubs UN request for climate change meeting
Patricia Espinosa says it would be ‚Äėvery bad‚Äô if the US was to stop trying to reduce global warming
Ian Johnston - 2 March 2017 READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT U: Donald Trump 'won't discuss climate change' at meeting with Xi Jinping despite US and China being worst polluters Mr Trump once said global warning was a hoax invented by Beijing
Andrew Buncombe - 4/5/17 READ FULL STORY
EXHIBIT V: Feinstein fumes as Trump team waives environmental review for Mojave water project BY STUART LEAVENWORTH - APRIL 04, 2017 READ FULL STORY
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LIST OF CHARGES: Donald Trump is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. Donald Trump is a HYPOCRITE. Donald Trump packed his Swamp Cabinet with billionaire dirtbags & unqualified know nothings, and is surrounded by the worst group of minions in American Presidential history. Donald Trump and his minions have deep financial ties with Putin's Russia. Donald Trump 'allegedly' colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 Presidential Election Donald Trump Breaks the Law of the US Constitution's Emoluments Clause. Donald Trump breaks The U.S. Code. Donald Trump libeled Barack Obama. Donald Trump Attacks the Judiciary. Donald Trump Attacks the First Amendment & Freedom of the Press. Donald Trump is a misogynist. Donald Trump attacks women. Donald Trump Mocks the Disabled. Donald Trump is a RACIST. Donald Trump suppressed the African-American vote through the Super Pacs. Donald Trump is a Jingoistic Bigot pushing a Muslim Ban, border wall and immigration policy. Donald Trump is an Anti-Semite (despite now having Jewish grandchildren!). Donald Trump is destroying critical US alliances. Donald Trump is a 5-time Draft Dodger & complete failure regarding all aspects of the military and veterans. Donald Trump used a war widow (that he needlessly created) to score political points. Donald Trump Attacks the FBI and American intel agencies. Donald Trump rules by fear and intimidation of individual Americans. Donald Trump heads a family loaded with conflicts of interest. Donald Trump is slashing critical programs from the federal budget including Meals on Wheels & WIC. Donald Trump will throw millions of people off of their Obamacare(ACA) health insurance by replacing it with Trumpcare (a gift to the insurance companies & a massive taxcut for his billionaire friends), Donald Trump forces America to spend endless millions to protect him and his family by jetsetting around the world to promote his own businesses. Donald Trump is destroying the environment. YOU ARE HERE! Donald Trump is destroying America's farms. Donald Trump hates animals. Donald Trump doesn't read books or know history. Donald Trump is a NARCISSISTIC PSYCHOPATH. Donald Trump is UNSTABLE. Donald Trump is DELUSIONAL. Donald Trump is CORRUPT. Donald Trump is a CONMAN. Donald Trump is a FAILURE. Donald Trump is DANGEROUS.