Trump′s lasting damage to the environment | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW |
This week, it was announced that copper and cobalt mining will begin in the formerly protected federal US lands of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument of Utah. The mining is now possible after Donald Trump removed protection from 2.2 million acres of federal land in Utah — the largest elimination of protected areas in US history.
It is only a fraction of the protections Trump has removed from federal lands since taking office in January 2017 — part of a general campaign promise to dismantle American environmental law, which Trump says is stifling economic growth.
The promises were not only made in campaign stump speeches. They were also set in the official Republican Party Platform adopted at the party’s convention in August 2016. “The environmental establishment has become a self-serving elite, stuck in the mindset of the 1970s,” the platform stated. “Their approach is based on shoddy science, scare tactics, and centralized command-and-control regulation.”