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So Much for President Trump Being a Smart Business Person

President Trump has now gutted rules put in place by President Obama’s administration that were designed to protect U.S. Taxpayers from wasting dollars on unprotected infrastructure. This move was made against the advice of business and conservative tax leaders as well as environmental advocates.

president trump tax dollarsNow, rather than insuring that structures such as roads, hospitals and infrastructure that are built with tax dollars are armored, raised and otherwise built to offset the effects of storms and rising sea levels, our hyper intelligent president has said no. Instead let’s use other people’s money, oh wait, our money, to build substandard, unprotected structures in order to give our money to my friends; and, wait for it, who cares if people die as a result?

This action belies any rational thought…not a surprise really…but it is one that our congressional leaders should work to reverse.

I have often used the motto good, cheap, fast…pick any two…

Well, when it comes to our tax dollars, we have seen the choice by our “leader”…cheap and fast…the heck with good.

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TRUMP WEAKENS PROTECTIONS FOR BUILDINGS IN FLOODPRONE AREAS

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Trump and Coal = Pollution and Poorer Future

I was trying to think about a time when the environment that we all rely on was under an assault as great as it is now. The closest I can think of was when Reagan was President. But even he was not as bad as the current president. This man-boy honestly thinks that he can go back in time and bring coal back as fuel.

coal trumpWorse, he really does not care that the extraction process is a rape of the land. Know that this is not a word to be used lightly….but it is indeed a rape.

Who will benefit? Not the American people. Not the unemployed…..most coal extraction is mechanical. There will be a few jobs, but not that many.

No, the few coal owners will benefit.

Who will be harmed…nearly everyone else. Children and adults with asthma…the water that we drink, the air that we breathe and sadly, the land that we take for granted as being protected for all time.

This policy is the equivalent of burning a Rembrandt to keep warm overnight….once it is gone it is gone…

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Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands
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Trump will be Trumped on Unwinding Climate Change Policies

Ok, we have spoken about politics over science…and the fact that it is now normal to have a page devoted in major newspapers just to the untruths of the President, so this should not come as a surprise…but…

In signing his executive order to undo President Obama’s climate change initiative, this President has simply pandered to coal miners, but in fact, he has been about as truthful in his statements about jobs as he usually is about everything else. Namely, the only people who might make money on this change are the owners.

coal and climate change policiesFirst, he is wrong about energy independence. We have already become nearly energy independent over the past 10 years. Also, he is wrong about jobs. Even where there are coal mines that are open, they are more mechanized than ever. Third, there is little likelihood that power plants will shift from natural gas to coal, thus demand will continue to drop…Just take a look at China. Even they, massive users of coal, are trying to get away from coal and thus further lowering demand.

No, as usual, this President panders to fear, preys on the financially weak and gives to those who need it less.

This order is nothing more than a sham masquerading as policy. It shows no more consideration about people, the future of this country, or the future of the planet that we live on than his choice of the EPA administrator.

Oh, and did I mention that coal is very dirty and causes serious lung ailments?

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Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
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Former EPA Administrator Warns of Future Mistakes

epa administratorWe all know that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Mr. Ruckelshaus, having served two terms as EPA administrator should know. He was there at the beginning and again to fix the problems created by another President who did not get it. People want clean air and water and land. Business needs a strong Federal program that creates a uniform field of play with regard to the environment. Finally, we all benefit from environmental sustainability….especially the economy.

Well, I have said before that I have always admired Mr. Ruckelshaus. He gets it. Maybe, just maybe, the new Administrator of the EPA can understand the lessons of history and think about the future.

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A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed
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