A rare thing will happen Tuesday: Scott Pruitt will face questions from Congress about his time as head of the EPA — a year packed with scandals and assaults on bedrock clean air and water laws.
Every American president since Ronald Reagan has declared the state of the Union to be “strong.” But in 2018, our Union, and the health of American people, is weak and endangered by increased exposure to environmental contaminants.
It’s been 48 years since the first Earth Day and one year since Donald Trump became president. 2017 has been the worst year for environmental protection since that first Earth Day. The Trump administration has waged a ceaseless war on our outdoors, eviscerating our system of environmental protection, severely weakening safeguards for our air, land and water and undercutting efforts to address the climate crisis.
Walter Shaub, Jr., the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who retired last year after months of disagreements with the White House, used the term “banana republic” to describe the decision by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse course and continue to ban offshore drilling for Florida.