I’d been out and about on Earth Day weekend and when I got my hands back into the soil today I couldn’t restrain myself any longer. I’m talking about the disingenuous 116-character tweet the Hypocrite-in-Chief sent out on Earth Day, a lame attempt at showing support for the environment:
More outlandish than his hypocrisy is that 74,648 of his followers liked it and 14,163 retweeted it. As a public service to those whose knowledge of the president’s position on the environment is based on his 116-character tweet I feel obligated to share the actions he’s taken since he took office:
– Appointed a man who openly rejects scientists’ consensus on climate change, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, the main guardian of clean air and water, and then slashed the EPA budget by 31%.
– Ordered the EPA to remove the climate change page from their website, an order that was later rescinded.
– Cut Department of Energy programs that focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
– Slashed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the primer climate science research agency by 17%.
– Appointed a budge director, Mick Mulvaney, who called climate change a waste of money that the administration will no longer fund.
– Slashed the Department of Interior by 12% which affects protection of National Parks, including cutting $120 million for land acquisition required to protect against development that threatens clean air and water in parks.
** to put this funding into context, the combined budgets of the EPA, and Departments of Energy and Interior are less than 1.5% of the federal budget. By comparison the Department of Defense is 16%. ($46 Billion vs $490 Billion)
Katharine Hayhoe is a conservative Christian climate scientist whose mission is to persuade nonbelievers about climate change. In an interview with NPR she talks about the misinformation coming from the White House regarding climate change. Listen to the interview with Katharine Hayhoe here.
It takes considerable effort to coordinate and write legislation to achieve the measures the president has taken against the environment. It takes roughly 30 seconds to tap a 116-character tweet. I’d have more respect for the President if he’d just say what he is: A hypocrite.
I leave you with photos I shot las year on hikes in the Rocky Mountains and Mount Rainier, two of the nations many natural treasures that deserve to be protected for future generations.