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Trump aims to reduce environmental oversight and mocks climate concerns

Former President Trump revealed plans to cut the Interior Department and mocked climate change action during a recent interview.

Timothy Cama reports for E&E News.


In short:

  • Trump plans to cut the Interior Department and other environmental agencies if he returns to the White House.
  • He criticized environmental regulations, claiming they hinder business and praised his past efforts to expedite energy projects.
  • Trump's spokesperson blamed President Biden for damaging the American oil and gas industry, despite record production under Biden’s administration.

Key quote:

“When they say that the seas will rise over the next 400 years — one-eighth of an inch, you know. Which means, basically you have a little more beachfront property, OK. Who knows?”

— Donald Trump, former president

Why this matters:

Trump's proposed cuts to environmental agencies could significantly impact regulations that protect natural resources and public health. The debate highlights the ongoing conflict between economic development and environmental protection in national policy discussions. Read more: Scientists probe ancient history of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet and find unsettling news about sea level rise.

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