"As COVID-19 and police brutality ravage Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, the Trump administration's perversion of the protections under NEPA deal another blow to these same communities", said Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president of the liberal Center for American Progress.
The Trump campaign doubled down on its message of "law and order" in an ad launched Wednesday, tying presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden to progressive activist's calls to "defund the police".
"Trump's changes to Nepa aren't surprising, but nonetheless again prove he and his administration have no regard for the impact their actions will have on our most vulnerable - who are already overburdened by pollution, lack of access to healthcare, structural racism and other environmental injustices", said Mustafa Santiago Ali, a former associate administrator at the EPA's office of environmental justice. And the president and the Trump campaign have repeatedly slammed public opinion polling as flawed and charge the surveys under-sample Republican voters.
The final rule doesn't differ significantly from the draft proposal, which sets a two-year deadline for environmental impact statements and a one-year deadline for less stringent environmental assessments. It also dropped a requirement that agencies consider the cumulative environmental effects of projects, such as their contribution to climate change.
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.
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SHARON BUCCINO: NEPA gives poor and communities of color a say in the projects that will define their communities for decades to come. They say part of the problem is lack of funding for projects and that federal agencies which conduct environmental reviews and review permit applications have lost funding and staff.
The administration's new regulations are expected to reduce the types and number of projects that will be subject to review under the NEPA. That's the whole goal here. So in the meantime, Joe Biden was in DE yesterday, and he laid out his climate change plan. An indoor rally he held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month featured a partially empty arena.
BRADY: Right. Well, President Trump is mostly focused on advancing fossil fuels. The poll has Joe Biden with a 15-point lead over Trump, 52% to 37%, compared to a 49%-41% edge last month. Biden's plan would spend $2 trillion to speed up transition to cleaner energy for transportation and buildings.
Climate change, Biden said, "is the existential threat to humanity, and it is real. "When I think of climate change, the word I think about is 'jobs" - good-paying union jobs that'll put Americans to work".
Vance, on the other hand, is calling on the court to move expeditiously and with the understanding, as the Supreme Court said last week, that Trump stands "in almost the same situation" as any other individual confronting a prosecutor's subpoena. But it does echo some messages we're hearing from other leaders around the world.