Mr. Trump and I Agree…Tremendously…Believe Me

On November 22, 2017 the next president of the United States met with staff of the New York Times and said this:

I will tell you this: Clean air is vitally important. Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important. Safety is vitally important.

And with that statement I found common values with a person who will be my next boss. This discovery is fascinating to me so I decided to explore those values a bit and the federal legacy he’ll be inheriting.

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

CLEAN AIR
We agree clean air is vitally important. According to the World Health Organization air pollution kills more people than any other environmental reason – more than seven-million men, women and children in 2012 – with about half dying from outdoor air pollution.

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Graphic courtesy of the EPA

In the US emissions from road transportation and power generation caused the highest number of premature deaths (cutting a person’s life short by about a decade). While one death is too many, 200,000 US deaths out of about four million worldwide may show we’re on the right track.

We have this information because US voters and taxpayers have made America great by funding efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency and others to reduce pollutants, and study and monitor air pollution and human health in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

CLEAN WATER
We agree again! Clean water is vitally important. Here again from a global perspective contaminated drinking water kills nearly one-million people per year and sickens over 200-million more.

Here at home, the federally-funded Center for Disease Control, reported “32 drinking water–associated outbreaks… accounting for at least 431 cases of illness, 102 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths [2011-2012].” Sources of those outbreaks are broken into two categories – community and non-community. The main source within community drinking water was unregulated plumbing within hospitals and hotels. The main source of non-community water pollution was unregulated drinking water contamination from ground water sources.

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Graphic courtesy of the United Nations

Again, fourteen deaths are regrettable and should have been prevented. But when you look at the overall quality of our drinking water thanks to the Clean Water Act and the EPA you have to believe America has great water and is the envy of most nations.

I’m thankful president-elect Trump values clean air and water. I believe every child has an inalienable right to those things as well as healthy food to eat and natural areas in which to play and learn. I hope he does too. And I hope he learns what has led America to have perhaps the greatest set of environmental protection programs on the planet and makes them even more tremendous. Believe me.

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Cognizantfox has served his country over twenty-five years doing the unselfish, noble work of conserving America's natural heritage.
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2 Responses to Mr. Trump and I Agree…Tremendously…Believe Me

  1. Noah says:

    Hi Jimmy, thanks for continuing your thoughtful blog posts! And I appreciate your optimism and desire to look for common ground with Trump. But the entire post is premised on the idea that he actually does value clean air and water. Over the past 1.5 yrs that I’ve been closely following his statements and positions, I’ve seen no evidence whatsoever that we can trust his word on anything, let alone environmental issues. So I’m not sure how to find common ground with someone if we can’t trust his word or feel confident in his positions. He was talking with NYT when he said this. He likely would have said something very different had he been interviewing with Breitbart or Fox at the time.

  2. cognizantfox says:

    Thank you for reading, reflecting and commenting Noah. You’re the most active audience I have! I don’t disagree with your point. My intent is to show support for the statements Mr. Trump made. When it comes to living on this planet and keeping it healthy for our children, everyone must find common ground. We can all agree, I hope, that clean air and water is important…that’s common ground. Where the left and right diverge is how to achieve that goal. Readers of my posts represent the left and the right. So my second point was to illustrate a path I believe we have followed, and should continue, to achieve that common goal. I chose not to speculate on how truthful Mr. Trump was or what he will do to our air and water. We’ll find out soon enough. Be well my friend!

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