The Waste of Oxygen currently in charge of the Department of Everything has decided nobody else needs air, either. In his quest to be the absolute worst President in all of American history, Donald Trump has now taken the bold position that breathing is overrated and he’s begun the process of choking your children to death by rolling back federal regulations on vehicle pollution.
In a time when 97% of the world’s scientists agree that the climate change threat is real and that humans are a leading contributor to the pollution that causes it, Trump is doubling down on the backwards, asinine denials from the Republicans who know that accepting reality will cost them and their rich buddies money. They would rather you and everyone you know die of cancer, watch entire species die out forever, and darken the skies than EVER admit to a problem that costs money to fix.
If that sounds like hyperbole, why don’t we visit a photo gallery?
The following images are from DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern. They depict the smoky yellow skies of America before and even shortly after the Clean Air Act of 1970 was passed.
What, you thought this was all part of a movie you’d seen?
Rolling hills of caustic pollution.
Can you taste the air yet? It’s bitter, like the tears of a man forced to part with some of his ill-gotten fortune to keep the planet alive.
That’s totally normal, right? When you can’t see the goddamn SUN?
Okay, we’re almost done here, because that one is awful.
Back when people drove cars in New York.
That last one is literally what the sky in Washington State looked like after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, only the picture is from 7 years earlier.
But so what, right? It’s just vehicle pollution. It’s not like our skies could ever look like that again!
Trump wants to tear apart the Clean Power Plan. He wants to collapse the EPA. And he’s going to start by undoing years of effort to get America into electric cars and out of their smog-belching Hummers.
Welcome to Trump’s America: I hope you can still breathe.