Donald Trump commemorated this year's Earth Day not by promoting any causes or policies that might reduce the pollutants that choke the lungs of it's inhabitants. Not by promoting some strategy to cut the amount of ocean killing plastic waste we produce. Not even with what would be a largely symbolic gesture of rejoining the Paris climate accord.
Trump instead celebrated the day most of us stop and pay homage to the planet that sustains us, provides us a home and gives us life with it's magnificently complex ecosystem by shilling for his administration’s policies that roll back key environmental protections that devastate all of those aforementioned gifts.
Trump, in a White House statement released Sunday, began by stressing the importance of preserving the...
“life-sustaining gifts” of “our magnificent land and waterways, abundant natural resources, and unique wildlife”
But like the troll that he is Trump only used the seemingly thoughtful preamble as a device to set the reader up for a sucker punch which he delivered in the form of praise for his administration’s unprecedented assault on environmental protections...
“We know that it is impossible for humans to flourish without clean air, land, and water. We also know that a strong, market-driven economy is essential to protecting these resources. For this reason, my Administration is dedicated to removing unnecessary and harmful regulations that restrain economic growth and make it more difficult for local communities to prosper and to choose the best solutions for their environment.”
With Trump it's all about the art of the troll.
His supporters squeal with glee when he mocks climate change or ridicules a conservationist.
It began by making climate change denier Scott Pruitt the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency that by definition is tasked with...
"protecting the environment from air and water pollution and for protecting the citizens of the United States from the health hazards of pollution,"
The trolling continued with Trump taking a wrecking ball to several Obama-era environmental regulations.
This includes gutting the landmark fuel standards for vehicles that were designed to reduce carbon emissions, the nation’s top source of greenhouse gas pollution.
Then in January Trump proposed a plan to massively expand offshore drilling and opened up millions of acres of previously protected public land to fossil fuel developers.
In June 2017, Trump delivered a major blow to the fight against global warming by announcing that the United States will pull out of the Paris climate accord.
No doubt these devastating policy changes were met with accolades from the very industries that will profit by taking full advantage of the reversal of these planet saving measures and cheers by the Trump acolytes that delight any time Trump does something they perceive will upset all the earth loving progressive Democrat "libtards".
What they either don't understand or perhaps just don't care understand is that they will be suffering right along with the rest of us.
The earth be damned.