Monday, April, 22, marked Earth Day, an annual celebration of the environment that often sparks a bit of reflection on what human beings are doing to this planet.
The White House put out a statement to celebrate the occasion, but people quickly noticed that the remarks made no mention of climate change or global warming.
“Earth Day is a celebration of the abundant beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment,” the Trump administration said in a statement. It went on to celebrate the economic boom and claimed that “our air and water quality ranks among the highest in the world.”
The administration also claimed that “we have expanded support for conservation of land, water, and wildlife, and we are reforming land management policies to improve the health of our forests and other federal lands.”
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) April 22, 2019
Of course, Trump’s administration has done little to combat or even recognize climate change. Thousands of web pages that addressed the issue were wiped from the websites of government agencies. Early in Trump’s tenure, his Environmental Protection Agency took down a website that had been up for almost two decades, saying it was “updating” it — the site still hasn’t returned.
There have been other, more substantial moves as well such as the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. And Trump hardly seems to take the threat of global warming seriously, even as the government quietly put together a report that found that, by the end of the century, unaddressed climate change could have disastrous consequences.
But that doesn’t seem to bother the commander in chief or his administration. Last year, he tweeted that “perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”