Trump To Run On A Pro-Environmental Record In 2020, Even Though He Lacks One

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The Trump campaign is working to spin environmental deregulation as a good thing for the environment.

In May 2016, New York released an article titled: “The Good News Is That Donald Trump’s Campaign Is an Absolute Strategic and Managerial Garbage Fire.”

And it appears that the president's 2020 campaign will be no different in this regard, the magazine reports. An article from Bloomberg stated that “administration officials are developing talking points on climate change and cultivating a list of environmental ‘success stories.’" Deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere said to Bloomberg that “President Trump believes you can grow the economy and protect the environment.”

The quote reveals how Trump perceives the relationship between the economy and the environment: he does not appear to recognize that clean energy and environmental regulation are self-sustaining ways to boost the economy. Between 2003 and 2013, for example, EPA regulations cost the economy about $45 billion but netted around $640 billion, New York reports. Worldwide shifts to sustainable energy are expected to save the global economy $26 trillion by 2030 if we do it right.

But, paradoxically, the 2020 Trump campaign will supposedly spin EPA deregulation as a form of environmental protection (because private companies are definitely willing to uphold high environmental standards by themselves). “Deregulation does not always mean rolling back rules,” said acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler to Bloomberg.

Deregulation, Wheeler explained, allows the administration to provide "greater certainty" and encourage people to “innovate and create cleaner and safer technologies.”

The Trump campaign is working to create talking points such as creating a replacement (which does not yet exist) for the Obama-era Clean Power Plant and asking individual power plants to reduce their emissions voluntarily.

“For the president to win these battleground states, he’s going to have to have some record of environmental achievement to showcase,” former Trump adviser David Banks said to Bloomberg.

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