Trump to tout 'environmental accomplishments' after dismantling key protections

华盛顿州 唐纳德·特朗普总统 travels to battleground Florida Tuesday for an event touting his environmental accomplishments, even as his administration has worked extensively to dismantle key environmental protections.

Trump will deliverremarks on environmental accomplishments for the people of Floridaat the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in Jupiter, 佛罗里达, just north of his private club, Mar-a-Lago, located in Palm Beach.
The trip, Trump’s 11th visit to Florida this year, according to deputy press secretary Judd Deere, will outline the administration’scontinued conservation and environmental protection efforts in the region,” citing the Great American Outdoors Act andfunding of countless environmental restoration projects.
But the Trump administration has also taken detailed steps to slash environmental regulations over the last three and a half years. Those changes include pulling out of the landmark Paris climate accords, rolling back regulations on carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants, the largest reduction in the boundaries of protected land in US history, and changes to Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act protections.
    And earlier this year, Trump announced regulatory changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, a change that will speed up approval of federal projects such as mines, 高速公路, water infrastructure, and gas pipelineseffectively weakening what’s considered to be a landmark conservation law.
    在 2018, the administration backed off an initial offshore drilling proposal near Florida, saying it would not bring oil and gas drilling there after vocal opposition from then-Gov. 里克·斯科特, 共和党人, and other coastal state governors.
    Then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told CNN at the time the decision to exempt Florida’s waters was due to its unique coastline.
    The coastal currents are different, the layout of where the geology is,” Zinke had said.
    在接受采访时 Spectrum News during a trip to Tampa in August, Trump indicated he would extend the ban on drilling in the area.
    “好, we’re not gonna be drilling, and I’ve already put out that orderactually quite a while ago. But we can’t do that. And the people of Florida just don’t want it. 你懂, there are some states that don’t mind it, but Florida does. And I live here too, and I vote here. And I will tell you that’s not going to be happening,” 他说.
    Asked specifically whether a moratorium would be addressed during Tuesday’s Jupiter event, Deere wouldn’t say.
      Trump is also expected to address Everglades infrastructure, according to Deere.
      “特朗普总统的 2021 budget proposes $ 250 million in annual funding to expedite and construct new Everglades infrastructure as part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. These projects aim to reinvigorate the Everglades, enhance regional water storage capacity, and reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, helping address the problems of blue-green algae and the red tide,” Deere said.


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