Decades ago, some people thought polluted rivers and streams were the price we had to pay for progress. That’s not a world we have to live in anymore. Nor is it the future our children deserve. Yet President Trump and his allies in Congress are pushing for changes that would turn back the clock to when environmental protection was an afterthought — not the foundation for a better quality of life and a brighter future.
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, America is a beautiful country. Since Teddy Roosevelt, 15 presidents have protected some of our most special places as national monuments. Yet President Trump wants to erase protections for many of them. We’re doing all we can to protect and preserve these places.
Our country is blessed with sandy beaches, rocky coves, towering sea cliffs and an astonishing variety of ocean wildlife along our shores. Yet President Trump wants to allow oil and gas drilling in as much as 90 percent of our coastal waters. We’re doing all we can to protect and preserve our oceans, the wildlife that lives in them, and our beaches.
We all want a safe, healthy future for our children and grandchildren. That’s why we need to do all we can on global warming. Yet President Trump wants to dismantle protections that limit global warming pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources. We’re working to defend and strengthen climate protections.
In the midst of an ongoing public health emergency, we need clean air now more than ever. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new policy that suspends enforcement of key provisions of the Clean Air Act and other laws during the coronavirus pandemic, letting companies off the hook for failing to monitor or report their pollution.
A report created by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group
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Transportation is now America’s number one source of global warming pollution, with greenhouse emissions from cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles surpassing every other source. We simply can’t solve global warming without changing how Americans get around.
The Delaware River is one of America's most treasured waterways. The river and its tributaries are a home for wildlife, scenic views, and opportunities for fishing, swimming and hiking. The watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people.
To realize the Clean Water Act’s promise to make all of our waters safe enough for swimming and fishing, we need to make it easier for people to see and understand the problems affecting our waters. That’s why we organized the Delaware Watershed Project.
We live in a world of incredible material abundance, but we’re running short on nature. We want more places where we can hike, bike and jog among trees and wildflowers. We want more mountaintops where we can see nothing but forest below, more rivers that flow wild and free, more shoreline where all we can hear are waves. We want more wildlife in our world, from the grizzly on the ridgeline to the bee in our garden, from the wolf in the forest to the butterfly in our backyard. We want and need more, to paraphrase Emerson, of a world so beautiful that we “can hardly believe it exists.”
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