State of our union under Trump is an environmental, public health disaster

State of our union under Trump is an environmental, public health disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address before Congress tonight.

Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement in advance of the address:

Trump’s words at the State of the Union don’t matter, what matters are his actions. Trump has proven again and again that he acts only in service of corporate polluters, industry insiders, and the corrupt cronies he’s packed our government with.

This administration is hellbent on destroying essential protections that safeguard our public health and protect our planet for future generations. Coal companies are now free to pilfer our public lands, power plants can release countless toxins into the air, and Big Oil is giddy at the thought of drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.

The water we drink, the air we breathe, and our sacred public spaces and lands are more threatened than they ever have been. Impacts on public health are already being felt, particularly by frontline neighborhoods and communities of color.

But the American people are not sitting idly by. We’re in the streets and in the halls of Congress like never before, demanding that elected leaders hold Trump accountable and protect agencies like the EPA. We know what Trump has done to diminish the state of our union, and we will never stop fighting against it.

Communications Contact: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, [email protected]