The sad truth is that Donal Trump and his minions will use any excuse to rollback environmental and public health regulations. What better cover than the Covid-19 pandemic to intensify their assault? That it reeks of cynicism makes no difference. They simply don't care.
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Modern industrial agriculture produces 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally. The Agriculture Resistance Act introduced into Congress by Representative Chellie Pingree aims to reduce U.S. GHG emissions from agriculture 50 percent before 2030 and reach net-zero by 2040. We can make agriculture part of the climate solution.
Electrifying the transportation sector is a key component of transforming the energy economy for the 21st century. The deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) gains momentum. Passage of the EV Freedom Act will lay the groundwork for a network of EV charging stations across the country.
Under the Trump administration, the Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management have been happily selling off public lands throughout the west. That's what happens when the fox is in charge of the hen house. In Montana, nearly half a million acres of public land have opened up to drilling leases. State leaders have an opportunity to do the right thing. Or they can acquiesce to the Trump administration and turn their back on the natural heritage of the great state of Montana.
Kern county in California is on one hand an agricultural wonderland helping feed the planet. On the other it is polluted and toxic, with some of the worst air and water pollution in the country. It is the nexus of the difficult decisions before us as we meet the challenge of climate change and environmental degradation. It is also a clear signal as to why fossil fuel companies and government must be held accountable.
Even after years of eviscerating research and environmental protection, Trump has not yet had enough. His 2021 budget proposes cutting EPA's budget by one-quarter, all but eliminating the Land and Water Conservation Fund, reducing funds from an already back-logged SuperFund program, and hacking away at the Endangered Species Act. Just say no.