A report was published earlier this week urging President-elect Joe Biden to make it a priority to restore essential environmental protections the Trump administration had gutted these past four years.
The report entitled First Things to Fix, published by Environment America, an environmental advocacy organization, notes roughly 100 environmental regulations were weakened or reversed during Trump’s presidency.
“By undoing the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental protections, the Biden administration will be able to protect our natural landscapes and give Americans cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate. Many of the rollbacks have been carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency. Others by the Departments of Transportation, Energy and Interior. A lot of them can be undone through swift administrative action in the early days of a Biden administration,” states the report.
Some important actions the eco-advocacy group is pushing the Biden administration to make right away are:
- Rejoin the Paris Agreement
- Set in motion a repeal of the Dirty Water Rule
- Strengthen federal fuel economy and emissions standards for vehicles and reaffirm California’s authority to set stronger vehicle emissions standards
- Withdraw the Trump draft 5-year plan on offshore drilling
- Restore smart energy efficiency policy
Here’s our recommendations for the first actions President-elect Biden can take to protect the environment. 5 things to fix:https://t.co/vNzC5EKJHL— Environment America (@EnvAm) December 29, 2020
According to Common Dreams, nine other environmental groups declared Trump “the worst president for our environment in history,” citing his administration’s “unprecedented assault on our environment and the health of our communities” and policies that “threaten our climate, air, water, public lands, wildlife, and oceans.”