On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an “Energy Independence” Executive Order that threatens to undermine one of the most important environmental gains of the past decade. This Executive Order is a hand-out to polluters and the oil and gas industries, and was clearly designed to gut the Clean Air Act. This action sends the clearest signal yet on Trump’s priorities: polluter’s profits are more important than Americans’ health.
Trump is calling his order “Energy Independence,” but in reality his order derails America’s fastest-growing energy sectors: solar and wind. Trump cites a thoroughly-debunked report by a dirty industry-funded consulting firm in claiming that the Clean Power Plan harms the American economy, but in fact his own Environmental Protection Agency’s projections show the Clean Power Plan nets $54 billion in health and climate benefits and could save the nation more than $298 billion in utility bills.
America once was known for bold initiatives that conquered complex problems – but this Executive Order only cowers to the status quo and props up unhealthy, unsustainable practices with no regard for our children or the future of our planet. Indeed, Trump’s order cedes American leadership on climate.
Are you outraged by this Executive Order? Sign Earth Day Network’s petition and demand that President Trump take the following actions:
1. Rescind the horrendous “Energy Independence” Executive Order
2. Disavow the ‘alternative facts’ propagated by dirty-industry funded consultants that underlie this Executive Order
3. Commit to putting the public interest ahead of polluter’s profits