For Immediate Release
Seth Gladstone – sgladstone[at]fwwatch[dot]org
Trump’s NEPA Environmental Review Rollback Should Alarm Republicans Too
Statement of Mitch Jones, Policy Director, Food & Water Action
WASHINGTON - News reports indicate that the Trump administration is planning a new rollback of environmental review standards on major infrastructure projects. This unprecedented rule change to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) would nullify a longstanding requirement that officials consider the long-term impacts on climate change that any project may have before approving it. In response, Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones issued the following statement:
“By now we’ve sadly become numb to the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to roll back common-sense environmental rules for the sake of short-term industry profits. But this latest plan to disregard a key process that seeks to protect our society from out-of-control pollution and climate emissions should alarm decent people of all political stripes.
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“Trump’s intention to remove climate considerations from all new infrastructure decisions is akin to lighting the fuse on a bomb and standing idly by as it burns down. Even conservative Republicans should be alarmed at the prospect of a future where new highways are built in flood zones, new factories are constructed next to drinking water sources, and new air pollution condemns our planet to climate chaos.”
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