01 Mar '17, 4pm

President Twists Truth About the Clean Water Rule

President Trump may have set some kind of record on Tuesday making eight false statements about a single rule in the span of just a few minutes. While signing an executive order he said was aimed at “the elimination” of the Clean Water Rule—which protects wetlands and streams that feed drinking water sources for 117 million Americans—Trump made one assertion after another that is demonstrably false. Here’s the list: False Claim #1 – Trump said the rule “has truly run amok” and is hurting farmers and ranchers. “It’s prohibiting them from being allowed to do what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s been a disaster.” Fact : The rule is not being implemented. It’s under judicial review and has been stayed by the court while it considers the case. False Claim #2 – Trump said the rule seeks to regulate “nearly every puddle.” Fact : The rule explicitly excludes “puddles” from over...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jon-devine/president-twists-...

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