Donald Trump’s antipathy towards the Environmental Protection Agency, and its mission of protecting the environment, is well documented. From selecting to Tom Pruitt, a climate-change denialist and frequent foe of the EPA, to lead the agency, to instituting a gag order on EPA employees, to removing the climate change webpage of the White House, Trump’s disdain for environmental regulations is undeniable.
Now, through an executive order, Trump has started to dismantle environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration. Specifically, Trump is targeting Obama-era anti-pollution measures installed to protect America’s wetlands and waterways.
As reported by the LA Times: “President Trump stepped up his attack on federal environmental protections Tuesday, issuing an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules that were enacted by his predecessor.”
“It is such a horrible, horrible rule,” Trump said, calling the regulation “one of the worst examples of federal regulation,” according to the Times. Again, the regulations Trump is decrying were put in place to protect streams, wetlands, and other waterways from polluters. With Trump rolling back the clean water regulations, factory farms, real estate developers, chemical manufacturing companies and others can now breathe easier. The rest of us, not so much.