In a short-sighted action led by climate denier EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt, on February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” This established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. Part of the EO directs federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force). One of the duties of the Task Force is to evaluate existing regulations and “make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification.” The EO further asks that each Task Force “attempt to identify regulations that, among a few other criteria:
(i) Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
(ii) are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
(iii) impose costs that exceed benefits
No where does it say anything about protecting the long term health of the planet, protecting our water, air, earth for future generations, or creating jobs in new industries that are better for the environment in the long term.
It’s time to voice your opinions about this EO!
TODAY’s 5 Minute Action:
Step 1: Provide your thoughts about the EPA unwinding important regulatory measures that protect the long term health of our planet and future generations.
- Click here to go to the EPA comment website – https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform#Public
- Click on the upper right “Comment Now” tab to open the comment form
- If you have specific facts supporting your opposition to the repeal of these regulations, please include them in your comments. If not, we suggest a simple message as follows: “Your criteria do not have a timeframe associated with them, and I believe you are being extremely short sighted. We can take an action today that creates 1 job and saves $50, but damages a city of 100,000 and costs millions of dollars ten or twenty years from now. That is precisely what you are advocating and for that, I must strongly oppose this EO.”
BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!
Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team
For more information about the Trump EO and comment period, click here – thehill.com/regulation/energy-environment/328521-epa-seeking-public-input-on-trumps-regulatory-reform-agenda