Thanks to Trump and Pruitt, the State of Our Union Is Polluted
Washington ─ Tonight President Trump will give his first State of the Union Address. Prior to that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will appear before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for the first time since he was confirmed to lead EPA.
Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:
"No matter what President Trump says tonight, he has already proven who he works for ─ corporate polluters, not the American people. He spent his first year handing out favors to his corporate friends, settling personal vendettas, and tearing down his predecessor's legacy instead of helping uplift the American people. His agenda has been at the expense of our water, our communities, and our health.
The President has set U.S. environmental policy back by decades, jeopardizing the health of our communities and our economy. Corporate polluters are calling the shots and he installed their handpicked personnel in key positions throughout EPA and the Departments of Energy and the Interior. He has given Scott Pruitt a free hand to reshape EPA, slashing budgets and shoving dedicated career staff aside, replacing them with corporate shills who now oversee the industries they used to work for. He has begun the process of rolling back 60+ environmental safeguards, exposing our water and our air to more health-threatening pollution. The leaked portions of the administration's infrastructure proposal make clear that the President is intent on continuing to sell out the public by handing over our air, water, and lands to corporations and special interests.
President Trump's first year is nothing to celebrate. His dirty water presidency has left this nation more polluted, more corrupt, and more at risk than it has been in years, and he looks likely to continue down this path of division and decline. But we're not going to let that happen. Americans are hungry for change and eager for action. A new generation of leaders is stepping up in cities and states across the nation and the clean water movement is growing. We're going to hold the President accountable and make it a lot more difficult to carry out his dirty water agenda in 2018."
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.