The man America can’t get enough of, the environmental award-winner, the one working to quench the thirst of California’s water deprived farmers, the one who speaks for the plight of America’s eagles, you know him as Donald Trump.
In a Fresno speech last week, Trump boasted of his “many environmental awards.” He must have been referring to projects like the time he won an award for including a tree sanctuary in his Bedminster golf course – where he uses 69 million gallons of water to water the lawns each year. A few years later, the golf enthusiast clear-cut over 450 trees at the Loudoun golfing grounds.
What he should have said is that he doesn’t understand it.
California and the surrounding states are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history, yet Trump denies the drought even exists. “They’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” he tried to explain to a captivated audience of California farmers.
What he is referring to is the 1.4 trillion gallons of water released into the San Francisco bay between 2008 and 2016 in an attempt to preserve the delta smelt fish’s shrinking population. That is a substantial amount of water. Whether or not that was the most efficient and effective means of conservation is debatable, but it’s just a splash compared to the 63 trillion gallons the west coast lost to drought between 2013 and 2014 alone.
Trump claims he will work “with conservationists whose only environmental agenda is protecting nature.” Maybe that’s why he’s skeptical of wind energy.
“The windmills are killing hundreds and hundreds of eagles…. They’re killing them by the hundreds,” he exclaimed. Unfortunately, windmills do cause some eagle deaths, but Trump’s claims are significantly overexaggerated, according to experts.
Trump continues to make deceptive statements about climate change and the environment, most of which he he seems to think up on the spot. His inaccurate bluster would be comical if it were only that, but if we are to take him at his word, President Trump would “revoke policies that impose unwarranted restrictions on new drilling technologies…ask TransCanada to renew its application for the Keystone Pipeline…[and] cancel the Paris climate agreement.”
Correction (1/24/2017): Incorrect information about the amount of water Trump’s golf course uses in a year was removed.