Since the pandemic reached a crisis point in mid-March, President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency have:
- weakened fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles, which will result in more air pollution and higher emissions of greenhouse gases;
- weakened mercury release rules for oil and coal-fired power plants via a rule that could be used to justify further rollbacks of restrictions on pollutants emitted by fossil fuel companies;
- refused to strengthen standards for soot pollution, which has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, lung damage, and premature death;
- allowed power plants and factories to decide for themselves if they’re able to meet the legal reporting requirements for air and water pollution during the pandemic and;
- allowed the fast tracking of major construction projects, including controversial pipelines and oil projects, during COVID-19, allowing them to sidestep environmental reviews mandated by law.