The EPA, meanwhile, was disparaged for claiming in a tweet from its official Twitter account that President Trump’s deregulations have “saved Americans almost $2 billion” while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from “major industrial sources.”
To date, under President Trump @POTUS EPA deregulatory actions have saved Americans almost $2 billion. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial sources decreased ⬇️2.7%. Find more environmental accomplishments in our Year in Review: https://t.co/9GzfxlxGdo pic.twitter.com/iexp5y1GWj
— U.S. EPA (@EPA) January 29, 2019
The announcement sparked anger from people who now view the agency as a glorified arm for big business that is valuing profit over human lives.
You don’t exist to help/protect industry, you exist to protect the environment. It shouldn’t be that hard a concept to grasp.
— Jessica (@superboring1234) January 29, 2019
Perhaps, but what have those actions cost us in increased illness, dirtier air, dirtier water, and contaminated sites not cleaned up? Most likely many billions more.
— Joel Creswell (@joelcreswell) January 29, 2019
heartbreaking and shameful. Environmental Protection Agency was created to regulate the "money saving" cut and burn extractive industries. The Oil Boys who took over our country now have the agency created to oversee them touting the greatness of overlooking their destruction.
— MA Levan (@mosasaurusrex) January 29, 2019
Brockovich, whose story became the subject of an eponymous Academy Award-winning film starring Julia Roberts, made recent headlines after she urged California lawmakers to prevent the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. because it could mean less money for those affected by the 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires.