In anop-ed, Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice, explains why Donald Trump’s latest executive action is so detrimental for the environment
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Jenny Harbine, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "We expect to challenge any action that allows coal leasing to resume before [an] environmental review is completed that evaluates whether the federal coal leasing program should be reformed (or scrapped altogether) in light of its significant climate impacts and failure to generate a fair return for U.S. taxpayers."
Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: "The Antiquities Act was really a one-way designation authority that allows the president to designate monuments, but it doesn't grant the president any authority to reverse the designations of his predecessors. When [the president] exercises his power, he's standing in the shoes of Congress. In the same way a president can't, on his own, mend or revoke acts of Congress, he can't go back and amend or revoke monuments, either."
Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice President: “A giant gift to polluters and a devastating blow to the health and well-being of our children and communities across the country ... This dangerous proposal is designed to do one thing: cripple the agency charged with protecting the air we breathe and water we drink.”