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One Planet: Trump Admin Rolls Back Environmental Laws Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

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In this Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, vehicles make their way westbound on Interstate 80 across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the EPA’s decision to broadly waive environmental law because of the coronavirus pandemic.

We're also talking about the plan to slash a key Obama-era fuel standard intended to mitigate pollution. The old standards required an average five percent reduction in greenhouse emissions annually on cars and light truck fleets. The Trump administration’s version requires just 1.5 percent. 


Rebecca Leber, climate and environment reporter for Mother Jones

Chris D'Angelo, environment reporter for HuffPost

Dr. Dave Cooke, senior vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Web Resources:

Huffington Post, Chris Dangelo: Trump Goes Full ‘Shock Doctrine’ As Pandemic Rages

Mother Jones, Rebecca Leber: The Trump Administration Is Enshrining Its Anti-Science Policy in the Midst of an Epidemic

EcoWatch, Dave Cooke: Trump Administration Finalizes Car Rule Which Will Worsen Economy, Public Health


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.