Trump rolls back environmental stance
On Dec. 21, it was announced that President Donald Trump was rolling back 95 environmental rules.
By that date, 58 rollbacks had been completed and 37 were in progress.
Fast forward to Thursday, when a reporter asked the president about his position on global warming “Did he still consider it a hoax, as he’d repeatedly indicated before running for president?”
Trump’s back-flip reply was “no, not at all. Nothing’s a hoax. Nothing’s a hoax about that. It’s a very serious subject.”
Philip Bump, a seasoned reporter for the New York Times, wrote “Then everything went sideways.”
Here’s how Trump continued. “I want clean air,” he said. “I want clean water I want the cleanest air, want the cleanest water. The environment is very important to me. Somebody wrote a book that I’m an environmentalist and actually called, ‘The Environmentalist,’ before I did this. But they wrote a book. I’d like to get it. I have it in the other office. I’ll bring it to my next news conference, perhaps.
I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to see it. I’m sure you’ll report all about it.”
He added, “I also want jobs, though. I don’t want to close up our industry because somebody said, you know, you have to go with wind or you have to go with something else that’s not going to be able to have the capacity to do what we have to do. We have the best employment numbers we’ve ever had. We have the best unemployment numbers we’ve ever had. So that’s very important.”
Bump wrote that “Trump often talks about ‘the environment’ in terms of clean air and water, as though he’s a 1974 public-service announcement airing on your local CBS affiliate. Global warming is only about ‘clean air’ in the sense that warming is caused by the unchecked release of gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere and it’s only about ‘clean water’ in the sense that increased saturation of carbon dioxide in ocean water is making that water more acidic. But there’s absolutely no reason to assume that this is the context in which Trump’s using that phrasing.”
Sometimes it’s hard to understand what the president thinks about important issues in this new year.
His 180-degree turns may be the best indicator of his latest mind set.
Trump’s efforts to roll back 95 environmental rules may have undergone presidential change as we entered 2020.