Protecting Our Water, Despite the Trump administration
In Michigan, water is part of our identity. We are the Great Lakes State, after all. We have a duty to protect our water to make sure we can drive our economy forward and ensure the health of our communities and families.
Unfortunately, President Trump does not take this responsibility seriously. His administration’s policies threaten Michigan’s water and communities in a number of ways.
The Dirty Budget
President Trump repeatedly puts our families at risk by proposing dirty budget after dirty budget. These budget proposals continue his unprecedented assault on protections for clean air, drinking water, our national parks, and our Great Lakes. Each year he has proposed to cut the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by nearly a third. If these budgets had been approved by Congress, it would have decimated the agency through large staff reductions, major cuts to programs that support the clean up of the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and other important water systems, and undermined efforts to address the climate crisis.
Trump’s 2020 budget proposal doubles down his Dirty Water Agenda and compounds the damage from his reckless government shutdown. It would continue to sell out our kids’ health and the great outdoors to corporate polluters. If the President had his way, EPA would disappear. Fortunately, some in Congress is listening to the hardworking families who have sent a clear message to put future generations before corporate polluter profits by prioritizing protections for air, water, wildlife, lands, and the Great Lakes, and rejecting drastic cuts to agencies and programs that are already underfunded.
The Toxic Power Plant Rule
President Trump’s agenda puts fossil fuel companies and polluters before public health by giving corporate special interests exactly what they want. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed weakening commonsense protections that require coal-fired power plants to reduce the amount of toxic pollution they discharge into our water. Affordable technologies exist today that can eliminate nearly all of this pollution, but the dirty power companies and President Trump want to put polluter profits ahead of public health protections.
Strong standards to reduce power plant water pollution will improve the health of rivers and streams, making the water we drink and the fish we eat safer. This Obama-era rule was a step in the right direction for our communities. EPA’s proposal to weaken these guidelines will put our water, health, and families at risk.
Making it harder for states to stop or change dangerous fossil fuel projects
The administration's reckless move to speed up dirty energy infrastructure development and limit state input is another senseless attempt to sidestep critical safeguards like the Clean Water Act. Eliminating water protections to speed up the fossil fuel build out will undermine our kids’ health and safety for generations to come.
The Trump administration is not above the law.
Making it easier for oil and gas developers to evade vital protections to build fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure puts our kids’ access to safe drinking water at risk in service of polluting corporations. Hardworking families deserve a clean and sustainable energy future that strengthens communities, not one that wastes taxpayer resources to strip away vital protections for our water resources and kids health.
We have the power to change things and ensure Michigan’s rivers, streams, lakes, and drinking water are clean and safe for everyone to rely on and enjoy.
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