BREAKING: Trump Disappears; 8 Simultaneous Lawsuits Level Him At Once

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The one thing we’ve learned about climate change is that the pollution in one area can affect several other areas. That’s why it was so important for major countries to join together and commit to the Paris Agreement.

A Trump presidency, however, changed the forward direction America was headed for in the fight against climate change by pulling out of that agreement.

In another case of climate change denial and disregard for the effect that pollution can play on the very lives of Americans, the EPA denied a request to add several states to the Ozone Transport Region (OTR).

The states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont had requested the EPA to place the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, and part of Virginia to the OTR as they contributed to smog that traveled downwind and effectively affecting the people of entirely different states.

Now to be sure, the Obama administration had recommended denying the request; however, you better believe the head of the EPA Scott Pruitt denied the request.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 7: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

In response to the denial from the EPA, those states have now sued the EPA. Reuters reported:

‘Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction.’

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led the cause and stated:

‘Millions of New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air as smog pollution continues to pour in from other states. The federal government has a fundamental responsibility to act. Yet the Trump EPA has abandoned its responsibilities – repeatedly failing to act to control smog pollution that jeopardizes New Yorkers’ health. Attorneys General will continue to act to protect those we serve.’

My Champlain Valley noted:

‘At least one in three New Yorkers breathe air with unhealthy levels of smog pollution, with some statistics say it could be as high as two in three New Yorkers … The EPA’s own studies show that pollution from states upwind of New York contributes significantly to the state’s harmful levels of smog.’

OTR was created as part of the Clean Air Act. The EPA website described their purpose:

‘States in this region are required to submit a SIP and install a certain level of controls for the pollutants that form ozone, even if they meet the ozone standards.’

What did anyone really expect though? Yes, the Obama administration’s EPA had suggested denying the request; however, the Trump EPA needed no recommendation or permission whatsoever.

They’ve already done enough to set the country back 20 years in terms of fighting climate change. Not to mention the Trump administration has made America the laughingstock of the world with our rescinding of the Paris Agreement. They won’t stop until Americans are wearing respiration masks to survive while executives of coal companies line their pockets.

Featured image by George Frey/Getty Images.

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