Stop Trump’s NEPA rollback

This is the last week to comment on Trump’s latest plan to to ram through climate-wrecking fossil fuel projects without public comment or environmental review. 

If you haven’t heard, Trump’s latest scam is to fundamentally alter the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is a one of America’s oldest environmental laws, created in the 1970s and 80s along with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, all of which Trump is also trying to undermine

This is the last week to speak out against Trump’s NEPA rollback in the public comment process. Will you send an official comment now?

Where the Endangered Species, Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts protect specific resources — like animals, water and air — NEPA regulates how any infrastructure project is reviewed by the federal government. Fundamentally, it is supposed to say that you can’t build a new pipeline, power plant, or other infrastructure project without considering the impact on our environment and giving the public a chance to consider those impacts too. 

Trump want’s to do away with that – and is proposing that climate impacts, in particular, are no longer studied or reviewed. It’s not exactly surprising coming from Trump’s team — but it is incredibly dangerous. Trump’s NEPA rollback would not only exclude climate impacts from being considered, they would silence frontline communities by eliminating town-hall meetings and public comment periods

The window for us to take radical action that averts climate catastrophe is rapidly closing. With less than 10 years to overhaul our economy and society, we need more tools to asses and report on the climate impacts of every infrastructure project, not less. And as we’ve seen from Standing Rock to West Virginia, not to mention the ongoing human rights violations against the Wetʼsuwetʼen First Nation in Canada this is no time to cut public comment or remove indigenous consent from the decision making process.

The comment period closes this week, but there’s still time to get your statement in. If enough of us speak out,  we have a chance to delay Trump’s rollback, and we strengthen the case of our friends who are suing the Trump administration in court. If we can delay this disastrous plan even by a few months, a new president can choose to not only stop Trump’s deadly deregulation, but invest in the opposite; Strengthening NEPA so that it is an even more vibrant and accessible tool to stop the buildout of fossil fuel infrastructure and kickstart a Green New Deal.

Send your letter now to stop Trump’s rollback of NEPA, one of our bedrock environmental laws.


5 thoughts on “Stop Trump’s NEPA rollback

  1. W. Neil Thompson

    Human Factors Safety, an essential element of NEPA, is critical to National Security and the health of our Nation as well as all other nations of the world. The United Nations must unanimously follow NEPA into the future so that a safer world globally can be achieved by introducing a UN.NEPA preserving the inherent concepts of NEPA.

    Let’s act globally with all those United Nations globally to ensure a healthy Global environment god present and future generations.

  2. Debra Burger

    Stop the fracking! Start Covid 19 testing! Issue UBI relief to all citizens! Implement Medicare for All and provide housing for the homeless. Moratorium on student debt, rent and mortgage! No bailouts for corporations!

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  4. louise sorel

    D trump is an enemy of the people and the planet and is mentally ill . He must be stopped – however it is done

    We are threatened along with the planet the creatures and any other sane or humane element that was originally conceived upon
    for the earth . However it happened – We are endangered by a vitriolic madman –

  5. Charles Eckart

    If Trump keeps reducing the protection laws of the EPA, this country will have no grass or trees left and no water to drink. Every one will have to drink oil. I prefer wine.

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