On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States of America. With campaign promises including the revitalization of the coal industry and doing away with environmental regulations, concerned citizens feared his impact on efforts to combat global climate change.
In the year since, these fears were brought to life as the Trump administration conducted a continuous assault on climate protections.
The administration has consistently put industry interests ahead of Americans’ health and safety — in a year where millions of Americans have suffered the impacts of climate change.
Trump began the year by filling his Cabinet with known climate deniers and fossil fuel industry supporters. In June, he announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, confirming anxiety that the nation would abdicate its role as a global climate leader. Under Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked counter to its core mission, rolling back dozens of regulations meant to protect clean air, clean water, and the environment.
While the Trump administration decimated environmental policies, the American public struggled through a year filled with climate change-fueled catastrophes. One of the hottest years on record, 2017 was filled with devastating hurricanes, wildfires and floods, which cost the U.S. a record $306 billion.
The Trump administration’s denial of climate science and rollback of protections will continue to impact the American people well beyond the first year of his presidency — threatening our health, economy and our future.