Florida Democrats, Environmentalists Slam Trump’s Disastrous Record on the Environment, Hypocrisy on Offshore Drilling

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Ahead of Trump’s rally in Jupiter yesterday, Florida Democrats highlighted Trump’s history of slashing funding for critical environmental agencies and programs, eliminating protections for clean air and water, and prioritizing the interests of private polluters over the public good. Among those who commented were Congresswoman Lois Frankel, State Sen. Bobby Powell, SD-30, Vice Mayor of Jupiter Ilan Kaufer and Ricky Junquera, environmentalist and candidate for HD-118.

Florida Politics: “During Tuesday’s Zoom conference hosted by the Florida Democratic Party, Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel called those two initiatives ‘very good issues that have been very bipartisan.’ However, she argued much of the work on those projects was done by she and her colleagues in Congress. ‘It is Congress, not the President, that passes the budget,’ Frankel said. ‘The Everglades funding will, and has always been, bipartisan with the members of Congress in this state long before Mr. Trump.’ She hit Trump on other parts of his environmental record, such as weakening the Endangered Species Act and his stop-and-start efforts to expand offshore drilling on the coasts.”

Palm Beach Post: “But at a Florida Democratic Party news conference Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, described both proposals as common sense – hardly reasons to laud the president. Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act despite a record of undermining protections for federal lands, Frankel said. And the White House has not prodded the Republican-controlled Senate to act on its Everglades funding proposal, she added. ‘Here’s the thing: It is fake news for the president to come here and brag about funding the Everglades,’ Frankel said.”

Sun Sentinel: “Separately, Democrats who represent other parts of Palm Beach County said in a video news conference that Trump’s years in office show he isn’t supportive of the environment. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel said the Trump Administration would be remembered as the ‘most anti-climate, anti-science, anti-environmental executive branch in United States history.’ He’s rolled back environmental rules, installed lobbyists from pollution-generating industries in key environmental jobs, proposed reducing environmental and parks spending, and taken actions that could increase greenhouse emissions. She said Trump shouldn’t get special credit for funding Everglades restoration, something she said has been a priority of leaders from both parties for decades.”

WPBF News 25: “Congresswoman Frankel also opposed offshore drilling and says she would like to hear the President denounce his drilling plans. ‘We shouldn’t be drilling off the coast. I would like the President to say that. I think if he gets elected, he’ll reverse his program or his pledge,’ says Congresswoman Frankel.” 

Miami Herald: “But even before Trump made the announcement, Democrats began criticizing his motives and warning that executive orders can be easily overturned. In a video conference with reporters Tuesday morning, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, said the expected Trump order banning drilling was a self-serving campaign ploy.” 

Sun Sentinel: “Biden wrote on Twitter that Trump ‘conveniently says that he changed his mind’ 56 days before the election. And U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat who represents most of coastal Palm Beach County, said Trump can’t be trusted and predicted he would abandon the drilling ban he announced Tuesday if he’s re-elected.” 

WUSF: “Representative Lois Frankel said during a Democratic response to the speech that the cuts have had a negative impact on the environment. ‘For the fourth year in a row, Trump proposed to slashed the budget of the EPA that protects our clean, water and air and energy and interior departments, prioritizing corporate polluters over climate crisis and public health,’ she said.”

News Service of Florida: “Democrats and many environmentalists spent Tuesday scoffing at the notion of Trump touting his environmental record, noting that Everglades and Lake Okeechobee restoration efforts have bipartisan support while the president has ignored the impacts of climate change on South Florida. State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, said Trump’s claims of environmental advocacy are ‘not only disingenuous, it’s disrespectful. And it’s downright preposterous.’”

POLITICO Morning Energy: “Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement that Trump has proposed ‘decimating’ funding for federal agencies responsible for addressing climate change and pollution. ‘After three-and-a-half years of Trump prioritizing corporate polluters over Florida’s public health and natural resources, the Trump campaign is trying to gaslight Florida voters who prize our environment as essential to our wellbeing, economy, and way of life,’ Rizzo said.”

Florida Phoenix: “Environmentalists and Florida lawmakers who have long opposed Trump’s announced plans to open Florida waters to oil drilling called the action a ‘desperate’ campaign stunt ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.”

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Contact: Frances Swanson
fswanson@floridadems.org


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