Trump to tout ‘environmental achievements’ after major protections dismantle

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Trump will deliver “remarks on the environmental achievements of the people of Florida” at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in Jupiter, Fla., Just north of his private club, Mar-a-Lago, located in Palm Beach.

The trip, Trump’s 11th visit to Florida this year, according to Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere, will describe the administration’s “continued conservation and environmental efforts in the region,” citing the Great American Outdoors Act and ‘funding for countless environmental restoration projects. ”

But the Trump administration has also taken detailed steps to reduce environmental regulations over the past three and a half years. These changes include the withdrawal of the historic Paris climate accords, the rollback of regulations on carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants, the largest reduction in conservation land boundaries in US history. and changes to the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act protections. .

And earlier this year, Trump announced regulatory changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, an amendment that will speed up approval of federal projects such as mines, highways, water infrastructure, and gas pipelines – effectively weakening what is considered as a law of historical conservation. .

In 2018, the administration canceled an initial proposal for offshore drilling near Florida, saying it would not bring oil and gas drilling there after vocal opposition from the then government. Rick Scott, a Republican, and other coastal state governors.

Then-Home Secretary Ryan Zinke told CNN at the time that the decision to exempt Florida’s waters was due to its unique coastline.

“Coastal currents are different, the layout of the geology,” Zinke said.

In an interview with Spectrum News during a trip to Tampa in August, Trump said he would extend the ban on drilling in the region.

“Well, we’re not going to drill, and I’ve issued this order already – actually a long time ago. But we can’t do this. And the people of Florida just don’t want it. You know, there are states that don’t care, but Florida does. And I live here too, and I vote here. And I will tell you that it will not happen, ”he said.

When asked specifically if a moratorium would be addressed during Tuesday’s Jupiter event, Deere did not say.

Trump is also expected to address Everglades infrastructure, according to Deere.

CNN’s Maegan Vazquez, Ellie Kaufman and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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