David Doniger, a senior adviser to the NRDC Action Fund, an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council responded:
“They’re whitewashing their sooty record. They’re taking credit for the law and the actions of their predecessors that they’re actively trying to roll back.”
But reelection could hinge on Trump portraying himself as a friend to the environment as well as big business.
David Banks, a former Trjmp adviser, stated:
“For the president to win these battleground states, he’s going to have to have some record of environmental achievement to showcase. The environment and environmental issues can make or break you.”
To that end, Trump touts his perceived achievements on Twitter.
“America: the Cleanest Air in the World – BY FAR!” pic.twitter.com/rMtxHSnof4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
But Trump saw pushback on his claims there too.
And here is the map with the explanation of what we are really looking at. See how removing the words and replacing with his own changes the narrative? pic.twitter.com/j1JO1iq15I
— Anne Marie Price 🦋 (@annemariemavie) October 23, 2018
Wrong. The U.S. does not have the cleanest air. 45 U.S. cities — including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and L.A. — have air pollution above @WHO‘s recommended safe level. What does that mean? Tens of millions of Americans are breathing unsafe air. #AirPollution #EveryBreathMatters
— Callum Grieve (@callumgrieve) October 23, 2018
— Kelly Flanigan (@TheKelements) October 23, 2018
In the 2020 campaign, are swing voters going to buy what Trump is selling?
John Walke, a senior adviser to the NRDC Action Fund, stated:
“The Trump administration’s discussion of air pollution and climate pollution both suffer from two realities. First, the administration has nothing to do with decreasing emissions, and second, their rollback agenda is increasing dangerous air pollution and climate pollution.”
“Once that’s established, all the rhetoric just collapses.”