Why didn’t I know this when I watch the news almost daily?
Safeguarding the Environment
Took strong action to protect the environment and ensure clean air and clean water.
- Took action to protect vulnerable Americans from being exposed to lead and copper in drinking water and finalized a rule protecting children from lead-based paint hazards.
- Invested over $38 billion in clean water infrastructure.
- In 2019, America achieved the largest decline in carbon emissions of any country on earth. Since withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, the United States has reduced carbon emissions more than any nation.
- American levels of particulate matter – one of the main measures of air pollution – are approximately five times lower than the global average.
- Between 2017 and 2019, the air became 7% cleaner – indicated by a steep drop in the combined emissions of criteria pollutants.
- Led the world in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, having cut energy-related CO2 emissions by 12% rom 2005 to 2018 while the rest of the world increased emissions by 24 percent.
- In FY 2019 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleaned up more major pollution sites than any year in nearly two decades.
- The EPA delivered $300 million in Brownfields grants directly to communities most in need including investment in 118 Opportunity Zones.
- Placed a moratorium on offshore drilling off the coasts of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.
- Restored public access to Federal land at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- Recovered more endangered or threatened species than any other administration in its first term.