Trump dismantles environmental protections under cover of coronavirus

"The Trump administration is diligently weakening US environment protections even amid a global pandemic, continuing its rollback as the November election approaches.


During the Covid-19 lockdown, US federal agencies have eased fuel-efficiency standards for new cars; frozen rules for soot air pollution; proposed to drop review requirements for liquefied natural gas terminals; continued to lease public property to oil and gas companies; sought to speed up permitting for offshore fish farms; and advanced a proposal on mercury pollution from power plants that could make it easier for the government to conclude regulations are too costly to justify their benefits.


The government has also relaxed reporting rules for polluters during the pandemic."


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