When Donald Trump leaves office, he has a lot to look forward to, including a trial in the Senate to determine whether he’ll be convicted of inciting a riot against the government of the country he swore to protect and a potential criminal investigation by his original home state of New York for alleged tax evasion and bank fraud. The same attorney general in New York who is pursuing him criminally tweeted today that she also intends to pursue lawsuits against Trump’s last minute executive orders targeting environmental protections.
Trump has finished his term in office by continuing, in more rapid form, the rollbacks of Obama-era regulations put in place to protect the environment and slow the effects of climate change. Several of those rollbacks have been deemed disastrous for the environment, including a rollback of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a policy that environmental groups are pushing back against.
According to The Center for Biological Diversity:
‘Under the Trump administration’s revised interpretation, the Act’s protections will apply only to activities that are specifically intended to kill birds. So-called “incidental” take, regardless of its impact on bird populations or how foreseeable that impact is — such as letting birds drown in uncovered oil pits — is rendered immune from enforcement under the law.’
Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said that Trump’s policies have caused great harm to the environment.
‘Trump’s tenure has been a reign of terror for the environment, and his cruel insistence on destroying this century-old law is a testament to his total disregard for wildlife.’
Twitter was in full support of AG James’ intentions to fight back against Trump. Read some of their comments below: