The Left would lead us to believe that President Trump is anti-environment because he denies their idea of “climate change” and supports the gas and oil industries, but nothing could be further from the truth. Don’t let the Left’s criticism of regulation rollbacks trick you into thinking he doesn’t care about the earth.
In reality, Trump may be the most pro-environment president we have ever had. Under his administration, we have seen less pollution, the cleanest air, and cleanest drinking water that we’ve gotten in years. We also have expanded wilderness areas, implemented better forest protection, and provided more access to public lands and waters.
Now, the president is working to conserve American lands under new legislation he approved on Tuesday after it was passed by both the House and the Senate. Trump signed the “Great American Outdoors” Act, which the White House described as the single largest investment in America’s national parks and public lands since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
Specifically, the bill intends to:
- Provide $900 million a year in permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
- Allocate $9.5 billion over 5 years to restore facilities and infrastructure in our national parks and public lands
- Serve as a jobs and infrastructure package that will create over 100,000 infrastructure-related jobs
- Renew our national parks and protect local lands
- Bring much-needed maintenance to our national parks and public lands
During the signing, the President praised the action: “We’re here to celebrate truly landmark legislation that will truly preserve America’s majestic natural wonders, priceless historic treasures and that’s exactly what they are, grant national monuments and glorious national parks. This is a very big deal and from an environmental standpoint and just from the beauty of our country standpoint.”
Hitting current and former lawmakers, he touted his administration’s accomplishment: “For more than 50 years Congress has struggled to adequately fund land and water conservation, leading to a never-ending backlog of maintenance and other critical needs in our parks and public lands. I’ve been hearing about it for years,” he said.
According to the White House fact sheet, the bill has the support of nearly 1,000 conservation groups in addition to 43 sports groups. That’s a lot of environmentalists who are endorsing a Trump administration conservation bill. Maybe, contrary to popular opinion, the president doesn’t actually hate the environment?
Of course, all the mainstream media can talk about is how no Democrats were invited to the event, or that Trump stumbled over saying “Yosemite,” pronouncing it “Yo-Semite.” The Trump administration’s actions continue to contradict the Left’s narrative, leaving them with nothing but personal attacks and flimsy criticism. They can’t acknowledge the fact that this is a massive win for not only our land but also environmentalists, anyone who enjoys the outdoors, and the economy.