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DID YOU KNOW?
Clean water is neither a Republican or Democrat problem. Left or right, it is everyone's responsibility. And clean water really doesn't look good in the United States and didn't, even before the present hurricane season. Too few of us get deep enough into the news to learn of the political implications surrounding clean water.
Below are just some of the actions taken by President Donald Trump's executive branch in July and August as related by Clean Water Action (http://www.cleanwateraction.org/) :
- EPA formally moves forward on rescinding the Clean Water Rule, which protects drinking water for 117 million Americans.
- EPA moves to roll back limits on toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants.
- Department of Homeland Security waives environmental protections for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
- Department of the Interior proposes to shrink some national monuments. This will remove protections and open up land for mining or drilling.
- Trump Administration ends Climate Advisory Panel.
- Department of Energy manipulates energy grid study to boost coal industry.
- President Donald Trump signs an executive order to remove flood protections from new construction projects.
- Department of the Interior halts health impact study for communities who live near mountaintop removal mining.
If you choose to opt for clean water, write to your members of Congress to stand up to attacks on our health and environment. To keep abreast with actions affecting clean water, go to http://www.cleanwater.org/features/tracking-attacks-congress-public-health-clean-water-and-action-climate-change.
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