When did we need to stop thinking about the environment?
Fox News reports that in April 2017, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed to put the word “environmental” on every US dollar bill.
“We will put the environmental protection on every dollar bill,” Trump said during a speech to the Republican National Convention in July of that year.
Trump, of course, is still President-elect.
“You’ve been hearing about the economy, the economy is doing great,” Trump told Fox News.
“And the other thing that is going on is environmental protection.
We are protecting the environment.
And you know, I think it’s one of the great environmental jobs in the world, and we’re doing a great job.”
The Trump campaign’s response was to go into full-scale environmental panic mode, issuing a statement that the candidate was “deeply concerned about the damage to our planet caused by climate change.”
The statement was met with much criticism and a lot of angry calls for his resignation.
Trump has since softened his stance, though he continues to push for increased reliance on fossil fuels, including in his inaugural address.
But the word on the street is that environmental protection measures have been on the decline for years.
And a new report from the National Academy of Sciences found that, at least in some cases, environmental protection was actually on the rise in the United States in 2017.
The report looked at federal environmental regulations in the 50 states and territories and found that the number of federal regulations was up significantly over the past two decades.
The most significant trend in this period was the increase in the number and intensity of the regulations.
The NAS found that there was a 2.2 percent increase in federal regulations for environmental protection in 2017, and that the increase was particularly pronounced in the Northeast and the Midwest.
But that doesn’t mean that all the federal regulations are being pushed out of the way.
A new report by the Center for American Progress found that many of these regulations are actually being phased out.
This means that the regulations have been phased out over time.
“The number of new rules that are in effect is less than half the number that were in place in 2010, and the number is shrinking,” David Cole, director of the Center’s Center for Environmental Policy and Governance, told FoxNews.
“It’s a small change.”
And that’s exactly what’s happening.
Cole pointed out that there are actually fewer regulations in place for water and air pollution than there used to be, and he pointed to studies showing that the EPA has been slow to adopt any of the new regulations.
“In the past, the EPA took on more of these, and then we were able to put new rules in place that really helped to reduce pollution,” Cole said.
But even more worrisome is the fact that there is an increasing amount of new federal regulations.
Cole and others have called for the creation of a new regulatory agency to focus on environmental protection, which would include a regulatory task force.
The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency have also recently taken a hard line against the Environmental Integrity Initiative, a group of environmental groups, which advocates for environmental stewardship.
Cole said that the new administration has taken a lot more action against these groups than it did in the past.
“They are taking on this, in some areas, much more aggressively than they have in the last several years,” Cole told Foxnews.
“This is the beginning of a change, a shift in policy direction.
But it’s a change that’s going to take a while to take hold.”