For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Green For All Statement On Trump’s Dirty Budget
OAKLAND, CA--Following the release of Trump’s budget launching an unprecedented attack on our children’s health, access to clean air and safe green spaces for families to play, work and grow, Green For All Director Vien Truong released the following statement:
“In one budget, Donald Trump has managed to achieve what most polluter’s have strived for over the last 40 years -- the complete decimation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Green For All joins millions of Americans in calling on Congress to reject Trump’s dirty budget.
“In a clear illustration of his loyalty to corporations and big oil interests, Trump’s budget guts critical programs frontline communities count on to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the neighborhoods we call home. It eliminates 30 percent of the EPA’s funding -- an amount greater than any agency -- shuttering 50 agency programs and eliminating 3,200 of the agency’s 15,000 jobs. He further endangers our children in the proposal, ravaging the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 80 percent. Worse, these cuts ignore the will of the people -- 61 percent of voters disapprove of how his administration is handling the environment. Another 72 percent say it would be a "bad idea" to cut funding for climate change research and education.
“Trump has made his priorities clear -- under his budget, big polluters win and our children lose. If passed, our nation will see more Flints, more Standing Rocks, and more Oaklands that rob our children of their health and our families of their long-term wealth. Frontline communities who have been hit first and worst by pollution are standing up -- now, Congress must act. Green For All stands with those on the frontlines fighting to protect our children from being sacrificed for big profit. It stops now.”
Green For All is a climate and economic justice organization working at the intersection of poverty and pollution to create an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is an initiative of The Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator for transformative campaigns, ideas and innovations.