Donald Trump to tout environmental record in Jupiter

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Let's look at Trump's environmental record, challenges Joe Biden.

President Donald Trump will visit the site of one of the worst red tide algae blooms in recent history Tuesday afternoon to deliver remarks on his environmental record during a trip to Jupiter.

Trump, traveling through Palm Beach International Airport, will appear at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum at 3 p.m. to deliver remarks on his “environmental accomplishments for the people of Florida.”

Those remarks are likely to tout the $200 million Congress approved and he signed in the 2019 federal budget for Everglades restoration. The White House agreed to expand that appropriation in 2019 after direct pleas from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, and Florida’s House of Representatives delegation.

Whether he addresses the red tides that devastated the Treasure Coast, fueled by overflow runoff from the Everglades canals into the St. Lucie River, his administration’s on-again, off-again commitments to approve or ban off-shore oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coasts, or connections between climate change and the increased hurricane activity threatening Florida, is yet to be determined.

Air Force One is set to touch down in West Palm Beach at 2:10 p.m. and leave at 4:50 p.m. The President and his entourage will caravan to and from Jupiter.

In advance, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden charged that Trump’s visit is a designed distraction from more immediate problems facing Florida and the nation, namely the coronavirus crisis.

“With more than 11,000 deaths, 600,000 cases, and 3.6 million workers across the state who have filed for unemployment benefits since March, it is clear that Floridians have been hurt by President Trump’s inability to contain the spread of COVID-19, but what we won’t hear from Donald Trump when he visits Florida today is a plan to overcome this pandemic or a strategy to put Floridians back to work.”

Biden also challenged Floridians to look closely at the President’s environmental record.

“Trump has called the climate crisis a ‘hoax.’ He has eliminated rules designed to keep our air and water clean. And, dangerously, he has opened up additional public lands, both on land and offshore, to the possibility of new oil and gas drilling, a deeply unpopular threat to Florida’s natural environment and tourism-based economy,” Biden continued. “I’ll promise you this: As President, I will work with experts to fight COVID-19, make historic investments to create millions of clean energy jobs, and get our economy back on track so it works for all Americans, not just Trump’s Mar-a-Lago crowd.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.


6 comments

  • S.B.ANTHONY

    September 8, 2020 at 8:09 am

    The delusional poser “president” travels the country spewing his lies. Just evidence of how stupid he thinks we are. November 3rd can’t come fast enough.

  • Cynthia m lenz

    September 8, 2020 at 8:31 am

    This is not true.”President Donald Trump will visit the site of one of the worst red tide algae blooms in recent history Tuesday afternoon to deliver remarks on his environmental record during a trip to Jupiter.”

    red tide is west coast.
    algae blooms Martin County.

    Cracks me up that he goes to PBC and not Martin but whatever!

  • James Robert Miles

    September 8, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    What environmental record? He has done more to destroy the environment than ANYTHING else! This is a joke right?

  • Mr. T

    September 8, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    The President has accomplished more in less than 4 years than Biden has in almost 50. Meanwhile, Joe Hiden maintains his seat on the throne in his basement as he bellows out the complaints his handlers give him – against a man that is actually DOING something postive for this country – unlike you all here that do nothing but tear down everything. backseat-driver b*tches.

    And niether will he or his VP take ANY questions from anybody, unless they are pre-written fakes.

    • James Robert Miles

      September 8, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Oh, you mean the jackass Trump who mispronounces simple words and can’t put a sentence together without screwing it up! Also can’t walk down a ramp without almost falling down. Trump is in charge of the most corrupt administration in U.S. history! Racist, divisive and totally out of touch. Trump has done nothing except screw everything up!

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Enough of this lying egotistical racist scum Trump ! Trump go to your bunker and stay there. Trump you are a damn failure and coward!

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