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Trump's U.S. EPA chief claims climate-change fight hurts the poor

CommoditiesSep 03, 2020 06:20PM ET
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By Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Democrats of hurting the poor with policies aimed at fighting climate change, and said the agency would keep supporting development and deregulation if President Donald Trump is re-elected.

The speech, on the EPA's 50th anniversary, laid out agency priorities if Trump wins a second term in office. It reflected the gaping ideological divide between Democrats and the administration, which has loosened regulations for pollution and vehicle fuel efficiency and promoted oil and gas drilling.

"Some members of former administrations and progressives in Congress have elevated single issue advocacy – in many cases focused just on climate change ... over the interests of communities within their own country," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a speech that was streamed live on YouTube.

Critics said the administration's deregulatory agenda has undermined public health by rolling back water and air protections, disproportionately harming low income communities. Congressional Democrats argue that a transition to clean energy will create jobs across the economy.

Wheeler said if Trump were re-elected the agency would focus on community revitalization, water quality, permitting reform, Superfund cleanups, and pesticide administration.

"This will do more for environmental justice than all the rhetoric in political campaigns," he said in the speech, given at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, whose namesake President Richard Nixon, a Republican, created the EPA in 1970.

He criticized California for efforts to replace fossil fuels with renewable power sources like solar and wind, blaming that push for the state's rolling blackouts.

He also took aim at New York for blocking a natural gas pipeline.

Former EPA officials decried the speech, saying it was an attempt to justify gutting a slew of green regulations.

"Their decisions... send a clear message that the lives of Black, Brown and Indigenous lives have little value to the current Administration.” said Mustafa Santiago Ali, who was EPA's top environmental justice official during former President Barack Obama's administration.

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Alan Rice
Alan Rice Sep 03, 2020 8:24PM ET
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Worst Republican Administration ever .
Abu Hamzah Baharuddin
Abu Hamzah Baharuddin Sep 03, 2020 8:24PM ET
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what he says is true
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Sep 03, 2020 8:24PM ET
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You mean FIRST Social republican since Reagan and you are a Democrat that is fiscally responsible so you think you are Republican...Trump is a fiscal Democrat, thats why he always voted Democrat lol!
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Trump is a direct threat to the U.S.https://blog.ucsusa.org/elliott-negin/andrew-wheeler-decimated-epa
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You mean Communism, socialism, and liberal crybabies. Trump is a direct threat to them! Look no further than facist Commiefornia for failure after failure. We have the most solar powered homes on the west coast helping ease the grid burden and they still couldnt keep the lights on! What a joke!
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Dugan Webb California (where I live) is providing welfare tax dollars for half the Red states in this country. Trump says he wants to “Defund Seattle” now - can’t wait for Blue states to stop paying federal taxes to support those freeloaders.
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Pres Biden Biden is Doctor Doom 💀
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Plopseven Schwartz , what workd are you living in? California is bankrupt and unliveable...Indiana has a budget surpkus and businesses flying in by troves.
 
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