“President Trump has got it exactly backwards: there’s no sound economy in our future without a healthy planet. If national leadership chooses to ignore that reality, then governors and mayors must step in to fill the leadership void to show the world that Americans will do our part to address the climate crisis.”
Based on a briefing by the Trump Administration, President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget would cut important environmental and health programs. Below is a statement from Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, on the president’s FY’18 budget proposal.
Today, 51 senators voted against an attempt to reverse an Obama-era regulation that tightens limits on methane emissions from oil and gas development on public lands. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, said the following:
Air pollution remains a major threat to our health, according to a new report from Environment New York Research & Policy Center, Our Health at Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air? In 2015, people here in New York City experienced 168 unhealthy air pollution days, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. “Even one day with unhealthy air is too many,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Burning dirty fuels like coal, oil and gas threatens our health. It’s time to shift to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.”
In his first 100 days, President Trump has taken dozens of actions that threaten clean air, clean water, and treasured places.
“There is no question, President Trump is a disaster for our environment and public health. His actions will make our air and water dirtier, as well as ensure we experience the worst effects of climate change even more swiftly. The bottom-line is these rollbacks put the health of New York families at risk,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.