Though he spent most of his week on other subjects like criminal justice reform, theOct. 24 edition of the president’s weekly address is concerned with the Clean Air Act, which will allegedly limit carbonemissions and “result in dramatic reductions in current and future emissions ofclimate change pollution.”
Attorneys general of several states wrote this summer to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to thank her for her efforts in pursuing the Clean Air Act:
Significantreductions in these emissions must occur to prevent increases in the frequency, magnitude andscale of the adverse impacts of climate change including more heat-related deaths andillnesses; higher smog levels, increasing the rate of asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis; extremeweather, including storms, floods and droughts; threats to our food production, agriculture andforest productivity; and threats to our energy, transportation and water resource infrastructure.
Of course, speaking of water resources, the president makes no mention of how the EPA “literally and figuratively blew it,” according to Sen. Sam Barrasso, when it released millions of gallons of toxic wastewaterfrom the Gold King Mine “to poison rivers in three states.” Barrasso added, “Responsibility for this disaster lands directly on the EPAs doorstep. I want to know who at the EPA will be held accountable for this disaster.”
No one, apparently. McCarthy declared thatthe river is healing itself.