Pres­i­dent fur­ther puts en­vi­ron­ment in dan­ger

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - PERSPECTIVE -

Earthjus­tice has now filed more than 100 law­suits against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. The 100th law­suit was filed June 21 on be­half of ma­rine wildlife threat­ened by oil ex­plo­ration in the Gulf of Mex­ico.

The at­tacks on the en­vi­ron­ment are hap­pen­ing be­cause this pres­i­dent rep­re­sents a to­tal cor­po­rate takeover of the United States. His bucket list is meant to undo the en­vi­ron­men­tal gains made un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama: roll­back laws lim­it­ing danger­ous use of chem­i­cals, shrink two na­tional mon­u­ments — Bears Ears Na­tional Mon­u­ment in Utah by 84 per­cent — to free up land for coal min­ing and drilling, ap­prove the north­ern sec­tion of the Key­stone XL Pipeline, fast-track the Peb­ble Mine that could de­stroy the last ro­bust salmon run in Alaska, and open up public lands to frack­ing and log­ging. For crude oil, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has turned to the Arc­tic Na­tional Wildlife Refuge — home to den­ning po­lar bears, mi­gra­tory bird species and a herd of thou­sands of cari­bou.

Our coun­try’s wilder­ness ar­eas and public lands are not only for recre­ation. They pro­vide jobs for thou­sands, pre­serve Na­tive Amer­i­cans’ an­ces­tral lands and pro­vide habi­tat for count­less species; the forests re­tain ground­wa­ter and mit­i­gate the im­pacts of cli­mate change. Our oceans are home to ma­rine life and pro­vide food for mil­lions of us.

We can’t let one man and his ilk de­stroy what’s left of this frag­ile planet. We all must do some­thing to de­fend our en­vi­ron­ment, if we’re to win. Bar­bara try­paluk

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