‘It’s not too late’ with Ginger Zee: What you need to know about the environment

ABC’s Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses the key environmental law paused by the Trump administration during the pandemic.
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Transcript for ‘It’s not too late’ with Ginger Zee: What you need to know about the environment
I'm didn't busy. What I've told you that the government had heard a freeway in the back yard. I wouldn't have much the same and even if it could pollute your hands around what seems wrong. Well there is a fifty year old law that makes that a legal but that why is being changed and that's why I'm sitting here today. I'm chief meteorologist hear it from hitting and smoke so thick. I'm getting pounded by the here good morning good morning to all of you make a living forecasting weather with one minute flight from North Dakota. I don't forecast headlines because if you would have asked me back in January it was the biggest story of 20/20 would be. I would've made one of the worst predictions Ater I was certain climate and environment and news. We all know what happens if starts. On another week and I virus and Nextel and mart team must warn teammate massive protests continued in many parts of the nation. Welcome to nineteen last line matter and police reform are rightfully taking center stage. I'm an environmental emergencies didn't go away. And sends out scientists and journalists I feel responsible in the nation that we don't just sight of them. Lance health while we watch our that's what I wanted to start this segment it's not too late because it really isn't. Each week I would take you through the climate and environmental headlines that the united nest and then focus in on one that he need to know more about self. But it feels. May twenty funny tied for the hot may in 141. Years of record around will. All that read read I'm that is one point 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Above average what's even more impressive. May was also the 425. Consecutive month above average 35 year streak in case Stuart. Do in the division. And he don't care about that well let that's next ones think it carbon dioxide or CO2 that gas that traps the sun's heat helps warm our earth. It reached its highest level in 800000. Years at the highest mark since humans had Ben honest plan. And that's with the positive industry and travel thanks to cope in nineteen we still bit we just kept on rising. But wait. There's more. This company might not have heard much about but you really Banesha. And June 4 president found signed an executive order to roll back meet. Not familiar he and of the national environmental. Policy yet. A law that requires federal agencies and that's how they're project might impact the environment. And let live and it's been around since President Nixon signed into law in 1970s. Many of us just take it for rampant. If the predecessor to the CEU that EPA eat every saying that protects our air water and land. Mustapha Santiago Lally worked for the EPA for a couple dozen yourself well and fill you in. Remember what was it wouldn't be was actually quality. Or river catching on you had this incredible amounts of small. And other air pollution was blocking out the sun so folks who net or work these foundational. Elements that we need to have in. The finally began heavy comprehensive. Subvert checks go. Or you can just go to CE is website at any and they even most Nepa is done card other environmental law. To why any let's start at most and take its new. Well roads that were never built. In the late 1960s. As the great white flight was taking place out of cities and to this others the government started a plan. For highway projects many of them went right through blacked out neighborhoods. This is in the time where the black Panthers were joining forces with the Sierra Club it was a time civil rights was meeting environmental rights. And since then meet has had some pretty important success story. I can see thousands that when the California department of food and agriculture was spraying toxic chemicals on schools playgrounds and neighborhoods. And then he's looking to help regulate that so that the people that we're being sprayed Wednesday paint and clean us anymore. People also save money and endangered species along with people's homes in Atlanta when a big highway project was for they an alternative. Present town and was administration say that meat is slowing down. From day one my administration has made fixing this regulatory nightmare a top. Priorities on June 4 the president signed an executive order to leave the during the pens and that means that agencies can bypass meet those laws to boost the economy immediately. Champions of the environment and people are extremely concerned because a key part of me but is making the public aware and they say that in this arrangement. They don't have a lot of know what's going on so the freeway could potentially be starting with no public comment more restrictions on a public comment and we wouldn't even now. Just during the pandemic emergency. Right. You know what's going on parallel to this executive order is out there that they were ruled. I'm and it doesn't the broad thinking as much bigger yeah RBA that's it I'm not you prominently change. Not just added nineteen an arrest. Yet the wrath or at any day now the administration is set to modernize. Thousands of agencies agreed that meet the needs to change they're not and and includes the American gas association. The national miners association some long hours the wind energy association. And even the American sheep industry says. The why does mean man need to be modernized. We as a nation won't be scared to. Climate. And continued to build the economy for the future. We've got a half a permanent process that allows you to. Simply no reason right now at a system that more than seven years even get a yes or no answer what you can build a newer group. And some projects do take decades to approve but according to the congressional research reports that we read those the lanes are not because of need. In March the proposed changes in the garnered one point one million comments and many of them were not happy you're frustrated that the news rules. Didn't just an honor and I need but weakened. For example of one of the most egregious things Google does is perhaps that is any consideration of climate change area are. But agencies should not. Let out a climate impact. Hijacked. My understanding within the rules. Sat back in March a proposed in March is that once then says that climate change should not be. One of the elements that we look at for environment well assessment. Doesn't say that directly it's a matter. How it looks you'll live. In impacts yeah it was important to note is that nothing in this changes be underlined. At them the regulations. There would have to be under the clean air this is about process of being able to get federal government army. Mechanism. And how much clearer place. And move forward on all peace. Marty Durbin has the president of the US chamber of commerce says. Global energy institute and they all say that streamline Nepa is long overdue it'll help land management and protect us from wildfires. It'll get energy projects started both pipeline. Solar and went. Our house we're just not going to be able to grow the economy and it acceptable rate. What I would say to them is that sense we had to Clean Water Act in the Clean Air Act and need an all the rules acts over the years. The economy has continued to grow in leaps and balance and that the saints we were able so. Your impacts that are happening inside coach immunities. Big and also to address some of the impacts that are happening on climate change. Cell looking leads him you can go check out the changes that were proposed to me. There's even a PowerPoint it'll lead you through all the points they really didn't have time to hit the happening here. Comes in Jersey and I promise. Not something. A.

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