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Liam Denning

How Young Republicans Got Trump to Talk About Climate

Focusing on clean air and water is a way of expressing vague environmental concern without addressing a bigger problem.

President Donald Trump has a real thing for cleanliness. As he made clear at an event staged at the White House on Monday, this extends far beyond copious use of hand-sanitizer – from sea to sanitary sea, no less. Kicking off his remarks on “America’s Environmental Leadership ,” the president spelled out his concerns:

These are laudable goals and central to the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate since its inception almost 50 years ago. They’re also at odds with the broad thrust of the administration’s actual policies. But they are potentially politically useful.