It's only been a couple of months with Donald Trump as president, but he's already managed to launch one of the most thorough attacks on federal environmental protections in American history. Trump's assault on environmental regulations isn't so much shocking as it is heartbreaking — for the most part, Trump is following through on campaign promises. However, that doesn't make it any less difficult to watch the federal protections of America's natural resources crumbling before your eyes.
Trump's environmental policy has been one of the most frustrating points of his short political career because it has stuck so thoroughly to the past precedent of the GOP. As an essentially independent candidate with strong personally appeal, Trump had the chance to reject former Republican environmental policies and push his jobs message through the lens of green energy. Instead, however, he chose to throw environmental protections under the bus in favor of perpetuating the old industry.
Trump's warpath for environmental deregulation is disappointing, to say the least, but so far, his actions are all traceable and reversible by the next president. That's why holding Trump accountable for his actions and working to elect a more progressive leader is so important — as soon as a president who is committed to environmental protections is in office, they can get to work reversing these seven attacks on the planet.