One of #Donald Trump’s top environmental advisors has a message for anxious green groups: Relax. Ed Russo, who has worked for Trump since 2001 as an environmental consultant, has been getting calls since Trump won the election. The greens are worried Trump will undo all the executive #Climate Change orders passed by President Obama.
Russo said in an interview that his advice to Big Green is to “Roll up your sleeves and go back to work. Deal with practical environmental solutions.”
Russo said that Trump will likely be one of the strongest environmental presidents because he cares deeply about the #Environment. In early 2016, Russo published a book on his dealings as a Trump environmental consultant called “Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero.” That’s because, Russo recalled, Trump gave him a lot of leeway in turning major development projects into sustainable projects. And he has no problem crediting many of his achievements to Trump, saying the real estate magnate was the genesis for many of his ideas.
Environmental hero or nightmare?
The book, which starting seeing movement after Trump won the election, is forcing many environmentalists’ preconceptions to view the newly elected president in a new light. The book showcases how at every major project, Trump went above and beyond what was required by existing environmental laws. Russo said Trump is not the “environmental nightmare” many on the left are trying to portray him as; as proof, Russo tells nervous greens that Trump is a champion of clean air and drinking water and to look at his record.
Russo said progressives and the left-leaning media have been distracting the American people from Trump’s real-life accomplishments by pointing to his comments about the Paris Climate Agreement and global warming. On the former, Trump threatened to withdraw from the accord but has since moderated his position by telling the New York Times he’d keep an “open mind” about it.
As for climate change, Trump has long been a skeptic of the doom-and-gloom prophecies and has said repeatedly that climate change gets far more attention than it deserves.
Climate change is a distraction
Russo concurs. He said once we overcame acid rain (a global problem) and other ecological problems, Big Green created a new bogeyman called climate change. Russo said the constant focus on climate change was "bull*hit" and a diversion. After we cleaned up the air and rivers, Russo notes, former Vice President Al Gore released “An Inconvenient Truth,” which quickly became the latest distraction. He said green groups stopped doing “good environmental work” and are hiding behind global warming.
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He points out how real problems like lead-contaminated drinking water and toxic sludge sites have been overlooked and neglected. The former New Jersey native said by focusing on everyday issues today, we can affect climate change over the long haul. Russo also said greens are hiding behind the Paris summit, going on lavish vacations cloaked as climate talks, and neglecting issues needing our attention now.
And while Russo hasn’t been tapped for a Trump administration position, he wouldn’t rule it out, saying the Trump family will always come first. “When the president asks you to do something,” he said, “you can never say no.”