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    Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections


    By Elliot Negin
    12.28.2017



    President Trump wants to set the regulatory clock back to 1960, and last week he acted it out for the cameras. Wielding a pair of golden scissors at a White House photo op, he cut red tape strung around two stacks of paper. One was a small pile of some 20,000 pages representing the amount of regulations in 1960; the other a mound of more than 185,000 pages representing those of today. “We’re getting back below the 1960 level,” Trump declared, “and we’ll be there fairly quickly.” There’s only one problem. That mountain of paper Trump used as a prop symbolizes hard-won measures that protect us. To refresh the president’s memory, back in the 1960s, smog in major U.S. cities was so thick it blocked the sun. Rivers ran brown with raw sewage and toxic chemicals. Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River and at least two other urban waterways were so polluted they caught on fire. Lead-laced paint and gasoline poisoned children, damaging their brains and nervous systems. Cars without seatbelts, airbags or safety glass were unsafe at any speed. And hazardous working conditions killed an average of 14,000 workers annually, nearly three times the number today. In response, Congress enacted the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and other landmark pieces of legislation to protect public health and safety. Some of those laws also created the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other federal agencies to write and enforce safeguards.

    None of those laws, or the regulations they spawned, existed in 1960. Fortunately, it will be very difficult for the Trump administration to roll back 50 years’ worth of congressionally mandated rules protecting the public from industrial poisons, harmful drugs, adulterated food and defective products. In the meantime, the Trump administration is resorting to the next best—or worst—thing, depending on your perspective: It has cut back dramatically on enforcing environmental laws. In an apparent attempt to blunt criticism, Trump acknowledged at last week’s photo op that purging a half century of protections could have an adverse impact, and he assured Americans that he would not let that happen. “We know that some of the rules contained in these pages have been beneficial to our nation, and we’re going to keep them,” he said. “We want to protect our workers, our safety, our health, and we want to protect our water, we want to protect our air, and our country’s natural beauty.” Somehow, I’m not convinced. Given the president’s penchant for lying, his administration’s abysmal track record, and now his avowed intention to kill nearly 90 percent of federal regulations, the smoke Trump is blowing is as thick as 1960s New York smog.
    Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will certainly slash away at 50 years of environmental/safety protections to please their corporate donors/lobbyists.

    Related: Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers - The New York Times

    E.P.A. Threatens to Stop Funding Justice Dept. Environmental Work - The New York Times


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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    who needs clean air when you can breathe **** & who needs clean water when you can drink ****?

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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac77 View Post
    It could add fuel to the leftwing attacks on cops that was started by obama when he was president
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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections




    Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will certainly slash away at 50 years of environmental/safety protections to please their corporate donors/lobbyists.

    Related: Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers - The New York Times

    E.P.A. Threatens to Stop Funding Justice Dept. Environmental Work - The New York Times
    Well, those regulations are part of the reason wages have not increased as much as many would have wanted. You cannot have your cake and eat it, you know.

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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    Where did Trump appoint a corporation to run the EPA? Let's see you're cite. Accusatory memes isn't it.

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    Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections
    i'm looking forward to cooking marshmallows by the river firelight.

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    ah, the good ol' days.

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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Quote Originally Posted by worksforpigs View Post
    Where did Trump appoint a corporation to run the EPA? Let's see you're cite. Accusatory memes isn't it.
    I can understand not knowing who Hexxus is, but the picture should have been a hint it is a fictional being, and thus a joke.
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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Well, those regulations are part of the reason wages have not increased as much as many would have wanted. You cannot have your cake and eat it, you know.
    Can you cite your evidence for that claim?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptic Bob View Post
    I can understand not knowing who Hexxus is, but the picture should have been a hint it is a fictional being, and thus a joke.
    Of course it was a joke. So is the actual head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, but not a very funny one.
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    Re: Trump vows to kill 50 years of federal protections

    If this does happen a lot of people are going to find out the hard way why these protections were created.

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