Trump Scales Back Landmark Environmental Law, Claims Help To Economy

“President Trump finalized a major overhaul Wednesday of one of the country’s most consequential environmental laws on the grounds that it has slowed the construction of highways, pipelines and other major projects across the country.

The sweeping changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act, which opponents have vowed to fight in court and reverse if Democrats regain control of the executive and legislative branches this fall, underscore the stakes in this year’s election.

“This is a truly historic breakthrough,” Trump said Wednesday afternoon at an event at a United Parcel Service hub in Atlanta where he announced the move. He added: “Together, we’re reclaiming America’s proud heritage as a nation of builders and a nation that can get things done.””

Juliet Eilperin and Felicia Sonmez report for the Washington Post July 15, 2020.

SEE ALSO:

“Trump Guts Key Environmental Law That Gives Communities Of Color A Voice” (HuffPost)

“Trump’s Environmental Permitting Update to Spark Legal Frenzy” (Bloomberg Environment)

“Trump Weakens Rules On Environmental Reviews Of Infrastructure Projects” (Guardian)