Saturday, 20 July, 2019

USA president lauds his administration's environmental record

Watch again: Trump touts environment record amid criticism Watch live: Trump touts environmental leadership in speech
Elijah Vega | 10 July, 2019, 23:13

"I'm always amazed that people would say that", Perry said, in response to a question about critics wondering why Trump spoke about the environment in a recent speech.

"The President meets regularly with his advisers and while discussing the administration's environmental policy recently President Trump wanted to highlight some of the environmental actions his administration is taking to advance environmental protections as our economy has continued to grow", she said. One invitee, Florida bait and tackle shop owner Bruce Hrobak, praised what he considered the administration's efforts against water-fouling algae before pumping his fist in the air and declaring: "Trump 2020".

"Punishing Americans is never the right way to produce a better environment or a better economy", he said.

Leading environmentalists not invited to the White House event were not impressed.

Critics took issue with various details and decried the entire premise of the speech, noting the dozens of environmental rollbacks Trump has ordered. "The Trump administration's record on the environment is beyond dismal and voters know it".

Deere had added yesterday (July 8th) that the US President Donald Trump would speak in the event. "Environmental improvement and economic growth has gone hand in hand for decades".

On Thursday, he will join other pro-Trump online personalities for what the White House billed as a gathering of "digital leaders" where invitees expect to discuss alleged censorship by the tech giants.

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The executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, accuses the president of resorting to "greenhouse gaslighting the public to try and cover up the fact that he is the worst president in history for the environment, climate and public health".

Trump delivered remarks Monday afternoon in the East Room of the White House alongside Cabinet members such as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

Mr Wheeler told reporters ahead of the event that key air pollutants have fallen around 70 per cent since the 1970s, including "under Trump's watch".

"We continue to clean up the air".

"It's not like the president or the administration has been subtle about their environmental agenda", said EDF Action's Bonfiglio.

Mr Trump has vowed to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, an worldwide accord to fight global warming through carbon emissions cuts and a transformation of the world economy away from fossil fuels.

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