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Merkley slams Trump plan to ‘ignore climate impacts’

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley 1-8-20
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley.

 WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., released the following statement Thursday after the Trump administration announced proposed changes to National Environmental Policy Act guidelines and indicated that federal agencies would not be allowed to consider climate impacts when evaluating the environmental impacts of federal infrastructure projects:

“With this directive, President Trump is effectively ordering the U.S. to turn a blind eye while the world burns. These changes to one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws will undoubtedly worsen our climate crisis and weaken critical safeguards for air, water, and endangered species.

“Climate chaos is no longer a far-off prediction contained in algorithms and computer models about the future. From massive wildfires to megastorms to droughts and flooding, it’s clear that climate chaos has arrived—and, terrifyingly, this is only the beginning.

“Our only hope to save our way of life is to act boldly and quickly to transition from fossil fuels to a clean and renewable energy economy.

"Clearly, President Trump is more determined to protect the paychecks of oil and gas CEOs than to stand up for the health and prosperity of working Americans. Burying our heads in the tar sands to push forward polluting fossil fuel projects is the most dangerous action we can possibly take at this juncture in history. It’s time for Americans who care about our future to band together and demand a government that will act on climate.”

NEPA, signed into law by President Nixon in 1970, requires the federal government to prepare detailed analyses of projects that could have significant environmental effects, including long-term impacts that courts have said include climate change. 

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  1. you almost sound like a watchtower pamphlet jefro. we’ve always had these disasters of which you speak, since the beginning of time. the only reason forest fires are worse recently is because the PNW forests have been neglected for decades. instead of pretending like your saving the world why don’t you start focusing on what you can do for Oregon, the job you’re getting paid for

  2. “Our only hope to save our way of life is to act boldly and quickly to transition from fossil fuels to a clean and renewable energy economy”

    Give it a rest Merkley and stop lying to people…You people have been saying this for years because it makes the liberals feel good, it’s easy to say, and it makes some people think
    you actually have a plan to change something that you can’t change.
    There is nothing wrong with people wanting to make the world a better place, but misinformation doesn’t help anyone. At least have the stones to publicly say, climate change has been happening for many years, and we can’t redirect natures course.
    Of course the beautiful people with their electric cars think they are changing the world but in reality all they did was pay a lot of money for a vehicle that has limits, and is a pain in the butt…

  3. Good to see Merkeley is following the directives of using scarier sounding alarmist terms developed by the marketing team of Aaron Hall.
    “Climate Collapse” and “Climate Chaos,” on the other hand, “instill a clear message or even a direct call to action,” Hall notes, adding that “there’s nothing neutral about collapse or chaos. Sometimes a brand name needs to be hyperbolic to truly capture hearts and minds. If we don’t take massive action now, Earth will be uninhabitable — an irreversible barren wasteland,” he insists. “‘Scorched Earth’ paints the direst picture of what’s to come and what we must avoid and is likely the edgiest brand name from our exploration.”

    “Whatever we call it, impending climate doom is upon us if we don’t act quickly,” Hall concludes. “Perhaps a new name will shift the needle, even if just a little.”

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