“President Trump’s executive order on infrastructure isn’t a ‘streamline’; it is a steam roller over our bedrock environmental protections at the expense of public health and communities. Ostensibly issued to speed the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure, today’s order instead weakens his administration’s enforcement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and provides another corporate giveaway at our expense.
During his visit to the Grand Canyon in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt remarked upon the unique and rare beauty of the park:
“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder…absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to do one thing…in the interest of the country to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is…I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel, or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is…What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American…should see.”