“Trump is exploiting a public health crisis to help an industry known for pumping diseases and antibiotics into oceans.”
President Donald Trump issued an executive order late Thursday that environmentalists warned will accelerate the corporate exploitation of oceans by relaxing regulations on and streamlining the construction of industrial offshore aquaculture facilities, which critics deride as “floating factory farms” that pump pollution and diseases into public waters.
The Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition, which was formed to oppose ocean industrial fish farming, said in a statement that Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth “mandates federal agencies to craft a program for rapid authorization of industrial offshore aquaculture facilities, which use giant floating cages to cultivate finfish, allowing toxic pollution to flow into open waters.”
“The federal government should strengthen local food security during this health crisis by supporting sustainable seafood, rather than allowing corporations to pollute the ecosystems we depend on.”
—Marianne Cufone, environmental attorney
Rosanna Marie Neil, policy counsel for Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, a member of the coalition, said the Trump White House is “supporting the corporate takeover of our oceans while they hope we aren’t paying attention.”
Environmental attorney Marianne Cufone similarly accused Trump of exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to “push through dangerous short-cuts to regulatory processes, while communities struggle to stay healthy, pay rent, and put food on the table.”
“The federal government should strengthen local food security during this health crisis by supporting sustainable seafood,” said Cufone, “rather than allowing corporations to pollute the ecosystems we depend on.”
BREAKING: In the middle of a public health pandemic, Trump just issued an executive order to bolster aquaculture — an industry that has pumped antibiotics, chemicals, disease and fish waste into our oceans.#DontCageOurOceanhttps://t.co/qyPUUITtL2
— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) May 7, 2020
— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) May 7, 2020
Trump’s executive order Thursday was just the latest step the president has taken amid the coronavirus pandemic to loosen regulations on polluting industries. In late March, as Common Dreams reported, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a sweeping suspension of pollution regulations and empowered the fossil fuel industry to police itself indefinitely.
Environmental groups sued the EPA over the move, which they condemned as a “free pass for polluters.”
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Thursday, White House advisers Joe Grogan and Peter Navarro touted Trump’s aquaculture executive order as a step toward making the U.S. “the world’s seafood superpower.”
“President Trump’s executive order creates a task force to enact policies that encourage fair and reciprocal trade for America’s seafood industry, and strengthens enforcement of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing,” Grogan and Navarro wrote.
But environmentalists cautioned that the order simply hands U.S. mega-corporations more power to plunder oceans without oversight, imperiling local fishing communities and the health of public waters.
“It is outrageous and unethical for the federal government to use the current public health crisis to bolster this polluting industry,” Hallie Templeton, senior oceans campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said in a statement. “Now is the time to prioritize our health, security, sustainable food systems, and American farmers and fishermen, not corporations.”
Here’s why a new rule could result in Trump losing his diploma from Wharton
In 2019, a college admissions scandal rocked the country. Thus far it has resulted in 53 people being charged with cheating the system, paying for people to take standardized tests and paying their way into schools. Over the 7-year investigation, the FBI uncovered everyone from celebrities to wealthy families for conspiracy to commit felony mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
In response to the scandal, the University of Pennsylvania announced that would revoke the degree of any graduate found to have given false information in an admission application, cheated on an exam or tempered with their records, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported.
Gov. Ron DeSantis still won’t reveal true COID-19 data — so things are probably much worse
Florida reached 213,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to encourage the state to reopen at all costs.
According to CNN's Randi Kaye, the numbers spell "trouble" for the state as it's GOP leaders are opting for a simplistic approach to reopening.
Just in the last 24 hours, they have had more than 1,600 people hospitalized for COVID," she cited. "In the last two weeks, the hospitalization haves gone up 90 percent. The ICU bed demand has gone up 86 percent, and the ventilator usage has gone up 127 percent. The governor is saying he's sending 100 nurses and 47 beds to Jackson Health because they need it so much. But at last check, we've noted that about 56 hospitals around the state have run out of ICU beds, which means they have no space for anyone who needs an ICU bed. This is really critical for Miami-Dade because they make up the 24 percent of the cases throughout the state, so they really need those hospital beds."
Joe Shapiro — the man who took Trump’s SATs for him
The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is being thrust into the spotlight after it was alleged that President Donald Trump was admitted after his sister did his homework for him and a friend named Joe Shapiro took his SATs.
In a new tell-all book by the president's niece, Mary Trump, it was revealed that the Penn grad wasn't quite the "genius" he has claimed to be. He announced he was "first in his class at Wharton," though he never was admitted to the prestigious MBA program at the school and he was never listed on the dean's list the year he graduated, the Penn student newspaper reported in 2017.