Trump’s gratuitous deregulation agenda would sell our public health and public lands to special interests to finance his infrastructure spending program. He merely sees dollar signs, but no natural value in the unspoiled outdoors.

John O’Grady, President, AFGE National Council of EPA Locals #238

President Trump’s domestic jobs plan is clearly not the bipartisan infrastructure proposal Congress has been waiting to unite over. He would allow industry to exploit America’s natural resources by gutting vital environmental protections under the pretext of short-term jobs.

Trump’s gratuitous deregulation agenda would sell our public health and public lands to special interests to finance his infrastructure spending program. He merely sees dollar signs, but no natural value in the unspoiled outdoors.

His proposal would cut existing funds and kill existing infrastructure jobs — $1.69 in cuts for every $1 in proposed spending. But it is the swipe Trump takes against our environment in his greedy plan that really rankles. On top of the regulation repeals via Administrator Scott Pruitt’s EPA and Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department, his infrastructure plan violates protections for clean air and water, the bulwark of safeguards designed for protecting all Americans.

“Beware when Trump, Pruitt and Zinke claim they will distribute monies directly to the states because, for example, EPA already streamlines the process with pass-through grants.”

Despite vast disapproval of Trump’s position, it has not stopped him from storming ahead favoring big polluters, allowing, for instance, the secretary of the Interior, rather than Congress, to unilaterally authorize the construction of fossil fuel pipelines across national parks and other public lands. For nearly 100 years, companies needed congressional approval — but the proposed infrastructure plan would obliterate that historic requirement.

Beware when Trump, Pruitt and Zinke claim they will distribute monies directly to the states because, for example, EPA already streamlines the process with pass-through grants. Everyone recognizes state and local governments are in desperate need of funding, a lack of which can create insurmountable obstacles to fixing crumbling infrastructure. Does this White House intend for federal agencies to collapse under their own weight?

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s infrastructure a failing grade of D+ in its 2017 report. ASCE has identified more than $2.2 trillion in outstanding infrastructure needs.

Instead, the deregulation agency of the Trump administration is attempting to exploit the funding needs by erasing successful, landmark environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. This White House and Congress are quick to redistribute our natural wealth to industries seeking to exploit and profit at any cost to the American public, while the EPA scientists who respect regulations are looking to protect the American public.

We call on all citizens to save the U.S. EPA by contacting your Member of Congress via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121, on-line at the U.S. House of Representatives: www.house.gov and the U.S. Senate: www.senate.gov.

In Solidarity!

John O’Grady
President
AFGE National Council of EPA Locals #238