Relaxing

Meanwhile, during breaks from trying to start a war with Iran, Trump is trashing more environmental regulations.

The Trump administration plans to rewrite decades-old regulations to make it easier to build major infrastructure such as pipelines, which would have the effect of relaxing government efforts to fight the climate crisis.

“Relaxing.” That’s a nice word – a nice, soothing, pleasant word. The truth would be less pleasant: which would have the effect of weakening government efforts to fight the climate crisis. Or harming, ending, negating, nullifying, destroying. Relaxation really has nothing to do with it.

Trump announced Thursday morning the changes to National Environmental Policy Act rules, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impact of projects such as the construction of mines, highways, water infrastructure and gas pipelines.

Trump and administration officials said the changes are necessary to speed up approval for needed infrastructure projects.

But what if we need to address climate change more than we need to speed up approval for needed infrastructure projects? What if we’re being selfish by putting our current wants ahead of the future survival of people younger than we are?

Agencies will no longer have to consider “cumulative” effects of new infrastructure under the new rule, which courts have interpreted as a mandate to study effects of emitting more greenhouse gas emissions, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post, which reported the proposals earlier Thursday. That includes the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels.

Sure, just pretend that doesn’t matter, because hey we’ll be dead by then so let those younger people deal with it. Sucks to be them.

Thursday, asked if global warming is a hoax, Trump said: “No, no. Not at all. Nothing’s a hoax. Nothing’s a hoax about that. It’s a very serious subject.”

Oh god. You know what’s coming next. It’s what always does come next.

“The environment is very important to me,” he said. “I’m a big believer in that word, the environment … I want clean air, I want clean water.”

He says that every damn time – apparently he’s so bereft of healthy brain cells that he cannot grasp the difference between local pollution and climate change.

So that’s one more nail.

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