Speaking on America’s Environmental Leadership on Monday, July 8, President Donald Trump asserted his revising the past administration’s misguided regulations to better protect the environment and to protect American workers.
President Trump said that the United States is ranked No. 1 for access to clean drinking water, emphasizing American environmental gains.
“From day one, my administration has made it a top priority to ensure America has the cleanest air and water on the planet,” Trump spoke in the East Room of the White House.
He continued, “And today, the United States is ranked—listen to this—number one in the world for access to clean drinking water—ranked number one in the world.”
“One of the main messages of air pollution—particulate matter—is six times lower here than the global average. So we hear so much about some countries and what everyone is doing. We’re six times lower than the average,” Trump added.
The president said, “Since 2000, our nation’s energy-related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country on Earth. Emissions are projected to drop in 2019 and 2020.”
In comments before the speech, Mary Neumayr, chairwoman of the administration’s Council on Environmental Quality, and Andrew Wheeler, head of the Trump EPA, pointed to overall U.S. progress cleaning up the air and water since the 1970s, and said progress has continued under Trump.
“From 1970 to 2018, U.S. criteria air pollution fell 74 percent, while the economy grew by 275 percent,” Andrew Wheeler said. “Lead and sulfur dioxide have dropped by double-digit percentages over the last two years. Today, we have the cleanest air on record and we are a global leader for access to clean drinking water,” he added.
Obama administration allowed the worst-polluting countries to continue their practices
President Trump explained the failed approach of the Obama administration in terms of environment protection.
“The previous administration waged a relentless war on American energy. We can’t do that. They sought to punish our workers, our producers, and manufacturers with ineffective global agreements that allowed the world’s worst-polluting countries to continue their practices. These radical plans would not make the world cleaner; they would just make and put Americans out of work, and they put them out of work rapidly. They moved production to foreign countries with lower standards—our companies were forced to do that, and they didn’t want to do that—and they drive up the price of gas and electricity at home, and drive it to levels that are literally unaffordable.”
The president continued, “And, by the way, that’s happening to many other countries, but it’s not happening here. Other countries—their pricing on electricity is so high, not even to be affordable. At our level, we are doing numbers that nobody has seen before. Nobody believes what we’re doing and what we’re producing electricity and other things for.”
“Punishing Americans is never the right way to produce a better environment or a better economy. We’ve rejected this failed approach, and we’re seeing incredible results.”
President Donald Trump.
Strong economy to maintain a healthy environment
President Trump clarified how his administration balance business-friendly oversight with public health and conservation protections.
“For years, politicians told Americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment. In other words, one thing doesn’t go with the other. And that’s wrong because we’re proving the exact opposite,” Trump said.
The president added, “A strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment. When we innovate, produce, and grow, we’re able to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better while reshoring and, so importantly—you look at reshoring production all the way—taking it away from foreign polluters, and back to American soil.”
“Since the election, we have created more than 6 million new jobs,” Trump said. “Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in a half a century, and we have more people working today than have ever worked in the history of our country. We’re getting very close to 160 million people.”
Not stand for Green New Deal
Trump said he was focused on “practical solutions” while many Democrats in Congress were supporting the plan to curb climate change called the Green New Deal. “It’ll kill millions of jobs, it’ll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans, and disproportionately harm minority communities,” Trump said. “I will not stand for it.”
The president mentioned about bipartisan solutions, saying, “My administration is strongly promoting bipartisan solutions for conservation. And we’re really getting along very well with the Democrats on that one. We’re getting things done.”
President Trump concluded, “We have only one America. We have only one planet. That’s why, every day of my presidency, we will fight for a cleaner environment and a better quality of life for every one of our great citizens. Above all, we will remain loyal to the American people and be faithful stewards of God’s glorious creation, from sea to shining sea.”