Still Want to Give Trump Time?

Pebble Mine

Since election day, I have been voicing my concern for Trump’s proposed actions that will unleash hell on the planet. Over and over, people responded with the statement that I need to give him time. Maybe he will prove me wrong, I am told, and I should give him the benefit of the doubt. Others say it was all campaign talk, and he will be more balanced once inaugurated. Well, it’s the morning of his second full day in office, and things couldn’t be worse.

The facts:

  • On the afternoon of the inauguration, the climate page of was promptly removed from the site and promises were issued about deregulation of environmental protections.
  • This morning, Northern Dynasty announced it has the support of the Trump administration and will move forward on Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. (More here.)
  • Trump has given the green light to the Dakota Access Pipeline and also the Keystone XL Pipeline. (More here.)
  • The Trump administration has promised to end the Clean Power Plan. (More here.)
  • On day one, the Trump administration announced it will gut the environmental protections of the Clean Water Rule that formerly safeguarded rivers, streams, and wetlands. (More here.)
  • The GOP in Congress has voted to gut the Endangered Species Act to allow more mining, drilling, and logging. (More here.)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has had grants, projects, and research halted and is now under a gag order preventing communication with the press. (More here.)

For those who have been using apocalyptic language to describe what’s to come, these immediate actions should highlight why such language might be appropriate. How much time do we need to give this administration to prove itself?

— Tim Harden

8 thoughts

  1. tragic short-sited dismantling of protections. Will destroy jobs in fishing and recreation all as a kick back to big business.

  2. Thanks Tim. This is exactly the things I feared would come and it is now day 3, what happens next is up to us. We all need to be mad as hell and let all of them know this is not acceptable.

  3. Orwell 1984
    The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

    And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act

  4. I didn’t Vote for him.
    I Oppose him…and his Oil First…and kill the planet policies…
    I vote for Clean Air..Clean Water..
    not just in America..EVERYWHERE…

  5. We need to flood senators and congressmens phones and emails. Organize rallies and protest at Pebble mine and whatever else is left to come.

  6. This is terrific, Tim. Look for an email from my colleague Liz regarding the proposed mining in Paradise Valley. Seems preposterous just typing the words, but it is indeed true.

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