‘Under your radar’

Dear Editor,

This letter is not for the 45% of the American people who have made up their minds that our current President and his toe-sucking Administration is off the rails. Nor is it designed for those 45% of the American people who see this same President and his Administration as anointed by God.

It IS directed to the remaining 10% who will be making up their minds this coming November as to whom they choose to protect themselves and their children from an onslaught of attacks on our air, water, and turf for the foreseeable future and beyond.

There are currently 95, NINETY-FIVE, pieces of legislation under attack by Trump and his (not the People’s) EPA, led by Andrew Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has spent years advocating for chemical manufacturer Celanese Corp., coal producer Murray Energy Corp., uranium miner Energy Fuels Resources Inc., utility holding company Xcel Energy Inc. and other clients.

To begin: A proposal to run a gas pipeline under the Appalachian Trail, cancellation of oil and gas companies requirement to report methane emissions, loosened a rule designed to limit toxic emissions from major industrial polluters, amended rules that govern how refineries monitor pollution in surrounding communities, stopped enforcing a rule that prohibited the use of hydrofluorocarbons in air-conditioners and refrigerators, weakened a rule meant to reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas, changed rules to allow the E.P.A. to take longer to develop and approve plans aimed at cutting methane emissions from existing landfills, relaxed requirements that companies monitor and repair methane leaks at oil and gas facilities, proposed weakening fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks, rescinded water pollution regulations for fracking, scrapped a proposed rule that required mines to prove they could pay to clean up future pollution, withdrew a requirement that Gulf oil rig owners prove they could cover the costs of removing rigs once they have stopped producing, revoked flood standards for federal infrastructure projects, like roads and bridges, changed the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, making it more difficult to protect wildlife, overturned a ban on the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands…

Not even close to the full list.

See the full list here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html

With all the other craziness that surrounds this Administration, it is easy for Americans to tune out the noise. But come November, you could vote in favor of your children.


Scott Robert Blume,



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