In fairness, Trump is just now learning how to pronounce the names of these national parks because Congress recently passed the largest conservation bill in a generation, and he signed it into law this morning. So if there’s any day that President Trump deserves a break from environmental critics, today should be the day.
Unfortunately, on the one day that the Trump administration delivered a win for the environment, he had to spoil it with this bumbling speech, reminding Americans that he doesn’t know the name of one of our most beloved national parks, and he doesn’t care that he doesn’t know. He reads his script like a petulant teenager forced to recite Shakespeare in English class. His disdain is palpable.
So if you’re inclined to give the president a pass for signing this bill today, please, watch this video, and refresh yourself on the rest of his legacy on environmental issues:
- He’s announced plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
- His administration has weakened protections for more than half of America’s wetlands.
- He slashed the Bears Ears National Monument by 85%, against the wishes of environmentalists, local native populations, and the entire populace of Utah.
- He’s attacked EPA regulations too numerous to mention, including clean air regulations, methane pollution controls, measures preventing toxic ash from entering streams and rivers and reporting protocols for natural gas emissions. He’s even reinstated banned pesticides known to cause health problems. Most importantly, he’s repealed nearly every federal regulation attempting to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and prevent climate change.
Here’s a full list of the harm Trump has done, courtesy the New York Times.
Remember, President Trump is no friend to the environment, even if the news cycle this week might suggest he is. Plus, he doesn’t even know how to pronounce Yosemite.