Haaland: Trump Administration Continues A Pattern of Behavior that Puts Corporations Over People

July 15, 2020
Press Release
Haaland releases statement on Trump Administration Announcement to Gut Environmental Protections

Albuquerque, N.M. – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that they will gut protections in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Today’s announcement would restrict public input requirements for large projects proposed by corporate oil companies. The announcement comes as the country faces the reality that disproportionate exposure to pollution put communities of color at greater risk during a global pandemic.  

“Our communities deserve clean air, water, and land, but once again, President Trump continues to put corporate interests ahead of the lives of our communities. At a time when this pandemic has shown us how environmental injustices put communities of color at greater risk, this decision will allow polluters to come into communities and poison our resources. This will not stand. We will continue our oversight of these harmful rollbacks in the House Natural Resources Committee and push back against the Trump Administration’s overreach,” said Vice Chair Haaland.

Today's announcement further communicates the underlying motives of the president and his corporate supporters. The changes proposed by the Trump Administration announcement would:

  • Restrict public input from low-income and minority communities who already bear the burden of a legacy of toxic pollution
  • Remove consideration of existing pollution when corporate projects are proposed 
  • Protecting fossil fuel corporations from having to disclose the climate change impacts of projects

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Deb Haaland penned an OPED in the Albuquerque Journal calling for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to change course after the Bureau moved to restrict public input for the Chaco Canyon Management plan in violation of NEPA.