Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Trump touts his record on environment

Trump touts his record on environment

President Donald Trump plans to bash the "Green New Deal" in an environmental speech on Monday in which he plans to showcase his administration's handling of climate change in a way that's economically efficient.

"We can have arguments about it isn't happening for this reason or that", he said. We need to live in a world that has cleaner air. In 2017, he withdrew the USA from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which aims to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. White House spokesman Judd Deere said last month the meeting would "bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today's online environment".

Yet instead of acknowledging climate change as a problem, Trump renewed his attacks on the Paris Agreement, calling it unfair to the US. "We have rejected this failed approach and we are seeing great results". It'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans and disproportionately harm minority communities.

"It is absurd for President Trump to claim any environmental credentials when his administration continues to drive a destructive pro-polluter agenda at the expense of the American people", said Ms Jill Tauber, vice-president of litigation, climate and energy at Earthjustice, which has filed 120 lawsuits against the administration. "We will defend the environment, but we will also defend American sovereignty, American prosperity, and we will defend American jobs".

Mr Trump made the speech at the White House alongside Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Council on Environmental Quality chief Mary Neumayr and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "We have only one America". He highlighted acts of environmental stewardship his administration has taken to improve the environment.

Twitter declined to say on Monday if it had been invited to the summit or would take part.

"A strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment", Trump said.

The White House not giving out an invitation to Facebook does not come as a surprise.

Asked why the President made a decision to hold the remarks and whether the Democrats' Green New Deal would be brought up during remarks, Neumayr said it was discussed when Trump spoke to his advisers about his administration's environmental actions.

Environmental advocates criticized the White House event ahead of Trump's speech.

But it may amount to recognition that the environment and climate change are a growing concern for USA voters and an issue on which Democrats hold an edge. "The Trump administration's record on the environment is beyond dismal and voters know it".

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