Nada Culver, Senior Counsel at The Wilderness Society, said:
“Americans of all political stripes believe in safeguarding clean air and water and protecting public lands, and there’s no need to throw those values under the bus. The Trump proposal presents a false choice, pitting infrastructure investment against environmental safety. Moreover, limiting public participation and bypassing environmental reviews may actually delay projects in the long run.”
The plan specifically weakens the procedures required in the National Environmental Policy Act and echoes provisions of the president’s misguided infrastructure legislative proposal, announced in February, that would weaken environmental safeguards, drain funds from conservation programs, increase fossil fuel development on public lands and even allow selling off public lands to pay for infrastructure.
The Wilderness Society, founded in 1935, is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. With more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.
Contact: Michael Reinemer, The Wilderness Society, Michael_reinemer@tws.org, 202-429-3949