Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out a news release about President Donald Trump’s executive order on Tuesday that eliminated Obama-era environmental and climate change regulations, which they immediately revoked after realizing that they accidentally circulated a ruthless criticism of Trump.
The release was supposed to quote Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and vehement anti-environment crusader.
Instead, Trump’s government sent a new release to dozens of media outlets featuring this quote by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who is the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee:
“With this Executive Order, President Trump has chosen to recklessly bury his head in the sand. Walking away from the Clean Power Plan and other climate initiatives, including critical resiliency projects is not just irresponsible — it’s irrational. Today’s executive order calls into question America’s credibility and our commitment to tackling the greatest environmental challenge of our lifetime.”
(See the original and amended releases below.)
Carper’s quote was attributed to Capito. While Capito was outraged, Carper was amused and happy to share his brutally honest criticism of Trump’s anti-environmentalism. A spokeswoman said,
“Sen. Carper is happy to lend his words to a good cause.”
Capito was less amused. She decried Obama policies like restricting how much pollution power plants can create.
“Stopping this disastrous plan will preserve America’s coal industry, expand our manufacturing renaissance that is reliant upon affordable energy, and protect American families from unprecedented hikes in their electric bills,” Capito said.
In fact, coal is not only an incredibly dirty fuel, it is too expensive. The cost of renewables has fallen and cheaper, cleaner natural gas has flooded the market. Propping up coal mines is unsustainable, both environmentally and economically.
Carper speaks the truth. Republicans need to stop burying their heads in the sand and face the truth. Tackling climate change head-on is our only hope of saving future generations from food insecurity and natural disasters.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.