The New York Times reported last month that in two short years, the Trump administration has rolled back 78 environmental rules intended to protect the environment, and by extension, humans who inhabit the environment.
On the way out are laws governing air and water pollution, drilling and extraction and laws intended to protect consumers from toxic substances.
It doesn’t appear that the situation will improve anytime soon. This week, Trump officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Times made this bleak prediction:
All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could lead to at least 80,000 extra deaths per decade and cause respiratory problems for more than one million people, according to a separate analysis conducted by researchers from Harvard. That number, however, is likely to be “a major underestimate of the global public health impact,” said Francesca Dominici, a professor of biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.
If you care about clean water, clean air and safe food, you could easily despair.
We prefer to embrace the wisdom of activist and singer-songwriter Joan Baez: "Action is the antidote to despair."
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