- Michael Brune: This assault on scientific truth must not go unanswered
- Americans faced by an unprecedentedly anti-environmental Congress and an administration that is out to gut the EPA, he says
Michael Brune is the executive director of the Sierra Club. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)It’s no surprise that candidate Donald Trump’s disdain for the truth has carried over into his presidency, with its Orwellian embrace of “alternative facts.” Nor should we be shocked that his claim that he is “to a large extent, an environmentalist” has been brutally refuted by every action he’s taken since he won the election. Rich fossil fuel executives surely felt like they won the lottery last November.
Slightly harder to anticipate, though, was how swiftly the Trump administration would betray ordinary Americans — none of whom voted to “Make America Polluted Again” — and how rapidly its reckless actions would lead our nation down a dark and dangerous path of hostility to science, reason and evidence.
Today, we have an unprecedentedly anti-environmental Congress and face uncertainty about a new Supreme Court justice. So, it’s more important than ever that everyone who cares about clean air, clean water and a stable climate is heard loud and clear, and that they take this fight to the streets, to their communities and to Congress.
If we do not rise to defend those whose job it is to protect us, then it will be more than a website that goes dark.