Rich and Sue Cairn: What is the future of environment worth?

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the D.C. Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Washington.

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the D.C. Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Washington. AP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

Published: 07-08-2024 4:15 PM

Modified: 07-09-2024 10:53 AM


Joe Biden has done far more for the environment than any previous president. He secured many billions to transition to renewable energy, with good jobs in the U.S. He protected millions of acres of habitat. He is rebuilding federal agencies decimated by his predecessor. And he actively champions environmental justice.

By contrast, Donald Trump denies global warming. He will likely ban the federal government from even talking about it. (As happened in Florida.) He openly solicits cash from oil companies in return for doing their bidding if elected. He promised to kill every possible environmental initiative on day one.

Trump’s Supreme Court picks overthrew decades of precedent (and the Constitution) to ensure that rich landowners and corporations can trash land, waters and air on a whim.

If Trump wins, he will likely replace justices Thomas and Alito with young right-wing radicals, locking in the anti-environment majority on the court for another 25 years. By contrast, Biden court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson has stood up for ordinary Americans and for the environment. A Biden win promises more reasoned justices like Jackson.

So what will you do to help Biden continue to fight for a future?

Rich and Sue Cairn

Amherst

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