Cause for Concern: President Trump and the Environment

Friday, January 20, 2017

Washington, DC - Today Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement.

"Thanks to President Obama, Donald Trump has inherited a country that has made huge strides in the fight to protect clean water; a country that is a global leader in the fight against climate crisis; a country ready to build a clean energy future; a country hungry to look forward. And a country that still has a lot of work to do.

None of that interests Donald Trump. He is building a Government of, for, and by big oil and other polluting industries. His nominee for EPA administrator has spent more time suing EPA and lining his campaign coffers with oil money than representing the people of his state. His nominee for Secretary of State is the most recent CEO of one of the most destructive companies on the planet. His nominee for Energy Secretary has disputed the overwhelming consensus that climate change is real, caused by humans, and happening now.

On the campaign trail and during the transition, Donald Trump has made one thing clear - his administration is shaping up to be a disaster for our water, air, climate, and public health.

And we're going to hold him, and his polluter-friendly allies in Congress, accountable from day one.

Water and public health are not partisan issues. Americans didn't vote to weaken protections for our water or safeguards for public health. They didn't vote to slow action on climate. Americans expect their elected officials to represent them, not corporate polluters. They won't tolerate a President who tries to undermine landmark laws like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts; who gives up global leadership on climate action; who hands our government over to Big Oil.

President Trump is in for a huge surprise if he thinks Americans will allow him to reverse years of progress for our water, air, and public health."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.


Michael Kelly