President Donald Trump has his sights set on his 2020 presidential campaign and creating talking points on his accomplishments. Sources reported he intends to highlight his environmental record as a high point of his presidency.
This news comes despite EPA rollbacks by his administration and Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord on climate change.
Former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA was marked by scandal leading to his eventual resignation. But his own conduct overshadowed the rollbacks and cuts he made to US environmental protections.
The Trump administration’s reputation as a friend to big business over clean air, clean water and endangered wildlife was earned through several decisions by the President, including appointing Pruitt to head the EPA.
However, as is common of Trump, his version of his presidency includes success stories in his environmental record. Administration officials are developing talking points on climate change and his focusing on cleaner air and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Both of those accomplishments are the result of environmental protections put in place years before Trump took office. The President has since eliminated several regulations that created the success stories his 2020 campaign intends to tout.
Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, stated:
“President Trump believes you can grow the economy and protect the environment.”
Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s replacement for Pruitt, said in a recent speech:
“Today we have the cleanest air on record, and we are ranked No. 1 in the world for access to clean drinking water. As we continue to reduce pollution, we’re also reducing burdensome regulations.”
But critics are crying foul over Trump’s claims of environmental success.