Making a common-sense appeal on Earth Day, President Donald Trump told his Twitter followers on Saturday afternoon, “Today on Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful forests, lakes and land. We stand committed to preserving the natural beauty of our nation.”
Trump added three hours later, “I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!”
The president’s Earth Day message came as thousands of protestors took to the streets across America, to what they call, “defend” science against the alleged anti-science policies and proposals of the White House.
Leaving no opportunity to criticize Trump’s energy policies, critics responded to the President’s Earth Day messages with harsh messages.
Roland Scahill from New York wrote, “If you could, you would transform every inch of nature into a Trump golf course. You have no love or admiration for nature.”
Public radio show host Al Letson wrote, “How will you preserve the natural beauty of the land, if you dismantle the @EPA?”
Nathan Bernard from Brooklyn, New York, replied on Twitter, “You say, ‘Happy #EarthDay’ as you prepare to literally blow up the entire earth.”
Protestors’ biggest complaint is regarding Trump’s proposed budget cuts, entailing almost $54 billion in cuts to numerous federal agencies. The proposed cut also includes a 30% budget cut to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Trump has also signed energy- and climate-related executive orders, the most significant of which was issued at the end of last month. In the order, titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” Trump lifted a 14-month freeze on new coal leases issued to miners looking to mine of federal lands by pulling back from the Clean Power Plan that Obama initiated.
According to a report by Fox News, the order also “chips away at other regulations, including scrapping language on the ‘social cost’ of greenhouse gases. It initiates a review of efforts to reduce the emission of methane in oil and natural gas production as well as a Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing rule, to determine whether those reflect the president’s policy priorities. It also rescinds Obama-era executive orders and memoranda, including one that addressed climate change and national security and one that sought to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change.”
However, Trump has maintained that his policies will help with job growth and protect the environment too.
“We’re going to have safety, we’re going to have clean water, we’re going to have clean air, but so many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” Trump said in March.