President Trump is no fan of a clean environment—a fact that is becoming all the more clear as he proposes a wide range of bills meant to water down or gut regulations that protect our environment and public health. Since his inauguration, Trump has nixed the Stream Protection Rule, attacked the Clean Water Rule and seeks to eliminate the Clean Power Plan.
The Trump administration is busy expanding the toxic footprint of the oil and gas industry along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
California sea otters can keep swimming toward a full recovery. For the second time in two years, a federal judge has upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to end a harmful “No Otter Zone” along the California coast. Fishing industry groups wanted to revive this ill-advised program, which was supposed to exclude the already threatened otters from parts of their historic range, but Earthjustice intervened in the case on behalf of the marine mammals.
Neil Gormley, Attorney, Earthjustice: “This was a really modest rule. [It was going to] close loopholes that right now allow companies to avoid cleaning up after themselves.”
Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “This administration has no idea how valuable the office of environmental justice is ... This decision shows how fiscally irresponsible they are ... This is the one program that focuses on some of the most vulnerable communities. It smacks of elitism and racism if this is where they think the cuts can come from.”
Noni Austin, Earthjustice: “Corals around the world are bleaching and dying because of ocean warming and acidification caused by out-of-control greenhouse gas emissions. The plight of these corals—and of the World Heritage sites on which they depend—is growing more dire every year.”