If a foreign country dropped the amount of chemicals Trump plans to deliberately spill into American waterways, it might be considered an act of war.
While Americans have been distracted by Trump’s shifting foreign policy positions, his dismantling of environmental protections is setting the stage for an unprecedented domestic crisis like no other. At stake is the viability of America’s air, water, and food supply.
As usual, Trump’s words and actions contradict each other, as evidenced in his February 28, 2017 executive order that made it legal for polluters to dump toxins into bodies of water that supply clean drinking water to millions of Americans. A few hours later, he told Congress he wants to “promote clean air and clean water.”
While there may be some Trumpster’s that believe you can do both, the rest of us know better.
As New Scientist points out,
For more than a third of Americans, drinking water comes from streams or rivers, which don’t stop at state boundaries. Removing the power of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce clean water laws will just push those responsibilities onto individual states…
Leaving pollution standards up to individual states could mean that pollution from one state’s lax laws could disproportionately affect neighboring states that share waterways.
Coal mining wastes are not the only chemicals that deregulation will bring to our waterways; factory farming waste and pesticides will also be deliberately dumped into the water.
Not only will such irresponsible policies put the clean drinking water supply of millions of people at risk, we can’t forget that the same water supplies are also used in watering crops. Those crops, especially corn, are then used to feed animals that people eat. Polluted rivers and streams are also the source of fish, which both people and wildlife depend on to maintain the balance of the food chain humans need for survival.
Common Dreams writes,
Underscoring the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s broad attacks on air and water regulations, a pair of reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday revealed that one in four young children die each year as a result of unhealthy environments.
“A polluted environment is a deadly one—particularly for young children,” said WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan in a Monday press statement. “Their developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water.”
To make matters worse, H.R. 1431 is a bill now moving through Congress that basically outlaws the use of scientific data in making regulatory decisions that effect the environment and public safety. With companies like Peabody Energy and ExxonMobil lobbying for the bill, it’s not hard to envision the massive amounts of previously illegal, highly toxic chemicals it will introduce into our water supply and air.
According to DesmogBlog,
A Koch Industries-affiliated group, the American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA), has also lobbied for passage of the bill. Koch subsidiary Georgia Pacific is a dues-paying member of AFPA and its director, Paul Noe — AFPA’s Vice President for Public Policy — is under consideration to head up the powerful White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Trump is not draining the swamp. With the help of Republican majorities in the House and Senate, he’s expanding it. And the result will force Americans to face one of the most potentially deadly chemical attacks on their health in generations.
The next time you hear someone say they voted Republican so the government could keep them ‘safe,’ ask them which they think is more likely to change their life; being attacked by a Muslim refugee? Or getting cancer from exposure to water laced with the hexavalent chromium U.S. Steel just spilled into Lake Michigan?
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