Moments ago, President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address where he sought to frame the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), his trade deal with China and expanded fossil fuel development as part of a “great American comeback.”
In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:
“The only thing the Trump administration seems to be able to do is spin tales about a failing president with failing initiatives. In reality, his ‘Great American Comeback’ is really a ‘Great American Ransack.’
“Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement sacrifices food safety standards and environmental protections for nothing in return. It doesn’t restore domestic manufacturing or revamp American jobs, but it does allow chemical companies to keep data about toxic pesticides secret, and weaken meat inspection processes.
“Meanwhile, Trump’s China trade deal means that we’re now importing poultry products without ‘country of origin’ label requirements from a country reporting a massive outbreak of a ‘highly pathogenic subtype’ of the H5N1 flu in chickens, and whose public health system is still fraught with problems.
“Trump’s ‘energy independence’ rhetoric is nothing more than a celebration of climate disaster. Fracking and the building of related fossil fuel projects are driving up emissions at the moment we must rapidly transition off fossil fuels. Americans overwhelmingly support policies to create clean, renewable energy. Trump is hell-bent on delivering the exact opposite.
“Coupled with his senseless rollback of environmental review standards on major infrastructure projects, attacks on clean, affordable and safe water, and foolish build-outs of fossil fuel dependence, Trump’s agenda grade for 2020 is a whopping ‘F.’”
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Contact: Jackie Filson, 202-683-2538, [email protected]