Trump thinks Earth Day is about tooting his own horn, not helping the planet.
Trump used his Earth Day message Monday to try to take credit for the economy he inherited while ignoring the entire point of the holiday.
"A strong market economy is essential to protecting our critical natural resources and fostering a legacy of conservation," Trump said in an official statement, adding, "At the same time that our Nation is experiencing historic economic and job growth, our air and water quality ranks among the highest in the world."
Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is about protecting the planet and the life on the planet, not about self-congratulatory chest beating. And the economic recovery Trump keeps trying to take credit for began under President Barack Obama.
The environmental movement started Earth Day in 1970 after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, to highlight efforts to conserve nature, fight pollution, and galvanize support for environmental solutions. It led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of several pieces of legislation to keep our air and water clean.
None of that was acknowledged in Trump's statement. He also made no reference to climate change, a reflection of his administration’s hostility to the global scientific consensus.
Trump is a conspiracy theorist who believes climate change is a Chinese hoax. He has installed similarly minded officials who deny science as part of an effort to give polluters free rein to continue hurting the environment.
Trump’s scientifically ignorant posture toward the environment, climate, and Earth Day is probably best summed up by his approach to the Paris climate accord.
From early in his administration, Trump made it clear he would be hostile to the environment and an ally of polluters. His Earth Day message punctuates that point and combines it with his usual ego self-stroking.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.