— JGamer (@Jgamer13) November 15, 2017
Fracking. He’s selling out WV (an area desperate for jobs) & decimating the environment: https://t.co/ZIwbWdyi2E
— NunyaDB (@It_is_NunyaDB) November 15, 2017
How about the decision to reverse the ban on chlorpyrifos?
He’s letting Dow Chemical dictate EPA policy 🤔 https://t.co/0XlXXrXA3f
— Jason Nelson (@StoneSculptorJN) November 15, 2017
To the mainstream media’s credit (first time I’ve ever typed those words), this one does get a little attention, but that’s only relative to the near-absence of coverage environmental issues received prior to Trump. The administration’s plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement at the end of 2020 drew international attention for a couple of days before media leaders like CNN’s president Jeff Zucker reportedly told his staff to get back to focusing on Russia.
When you look at the reality that we are facing a looming catastrophe our species may not survive, however, it’s amazing we don’t talk about this stuff far more, especially given how aggressively the US president is attacking the ecosystem we need for survival.
National Geographic has a running list going of every jarring environmental deregulation the Trump administration has pushed through, so I’m not going to list them here, but there’ve been some months where they’ve come out on a weekly basis. Just yesterday he announced he’d hold off on a plan to lift an Obama-era ban on elephant head trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, but only after massive public outcry. We shouldn’t have to make a massive public outcry about elephant head trophies.
Oh yeah, and Trump’s beloved Keystone Pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Some of this president’s earliest executive orders were to help advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.