Environmental justice issues like the Noble Road dump will only become more common and more severe under the administration of President Donald Trump, whose fringe views on climate change and environmental protection are nothing new.
During the presidential campaign Trump referred to global warming as a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese. He appointed Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. He intends to gut much of that agency’s funding, including a program dedicated to environmental justice.
Last week, Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a dangerous decision.
In the announcement’s wake, many U.S. mayors have joined an existing coalition of (primarily coastal) mayors who comprise the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA). That group has come out strongly against Trump’s climate views and policy preferences. It wrote an open letter in March objecting to the administration's proposed policy agenda which included rollbacks to fuel efficiency standards and massive budget cuts to the EPA. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, late Sunday, announced that he has joined this network.
In a Facebook video last Friday (above), Jackson said that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement would not affect the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, and that Cleveland would continue to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. He said the city would work toward achieving a fully sustainable economy by 2019, and that being “profitable" was “completely compatible” with doing business in a healthy environment for people.
“We’re in support of a worldwide climate action plan and we are committed to doing our part here in Cleveland. It is simply the right thing to do,” Mayor Jackson said in a press release. “We have a responsibility to leave for future generation a more green, vibrant and healthy Cleveland."