Greenpeace Responds to Trump’s Joint Session Address

by Cassady Craighill

February 28, 2017

In his first speech to Congress, Trump bragged about green lighting the Dakota Access pipeline and said he would "promote clean water." This came hours after he signed an executive order that would threaten the drinking water of 1 in 3 people in the United States.

February 28, 2017

Washington, DC- In response to Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress tonight, Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said,

“Trump claimed tonight that he wants to help vulnerable communities in the United States, but what he won’t acknowledge is how his policies and his words are already having a devastating impact. His green light for the Dakota Access Pipeline disregards the rights of indigenous communities, his immigration policies tear innocent families apart, and his promise to promote clean water on the same day he signs an executive order that would threaten the drinking water of 1 in 3 Americans is the cruelest form of gaslighting yet.

Instead of applauding, the US Congress must hold this man accountable and push for the progress people, including Trump voters, want. More than half of Trump voters said they support clean energy initiatives and eliminating federal subsidies to fossil fuel companies. Trump would know this basic fact if he listened to anyone other than the last fossil fuel executive he dined with at Mar-a-Lago, or if he listened to facts at all.

It’s easy for Trump to talk about helping Americans on Tuesday and then fly to Florida on Friday to golf with corporate executives. You don’t protect vulnerable communities in this country by eating steak with billionaires.”

Contact:

Cassady Craighill, craigghill@greenpeace.org, 828-817-3328

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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