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Trump Celebrated Earth Day by Dumping a Garbage Statement On Us All

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As thousands marched against his regressive, pro-pollution agenda, Trump released an Earth Day statement which is…something. It does sound like an adult wrote it, but it’s full of gaslighting claims that fly in the face of Trump’s actual policies. And, of course, it doesn’t mention climate change.

“Our Nation is blessed with abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty,” it begins. “Americans are rightly grateful for these God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations.”

  • So far, so good!

“My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.”

“Economic growth enhances environmental protection.”

  • Not when it’s coal.
  • Solar and wind power create jobs “12 times faster than the rest of the economy,” but Trump overturned Obama-era commitments to these renewable energy resources and job creators.

“We can must protect our environment without harming America’s working families. This is why my Administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment.”

“Rigorous science is critical to my Administration’s efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection.”

“My Administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks.”

  • Trump’s proposed budget calls for slashing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget by 20%, as well as deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and NASA.

“As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.”

“This April 22nd, as we observe Earth Day, I hope that our Nation can come together to give thanks for the land we all love and call home.”

  • Trump couldn’t even keep to his own hope, as he felt the need to send out a passive-aggressive tweet about how “jobs matter.” He couldn’t just wish everyone a Happy Earth Day.

I could go on, but UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) already summed it up perfectly:

“Climate action creates jobs, improves our health, [and] saves money.”

(Via Business InsiderHuffington Post, and ABC News; image via Shutterstock)

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