Just 10 days before Hurricane Harvey began to devastate Texas coastal regions, President Trump rolled back regulations designed to help infrastructure projects survive this kind of flood. The regulations were part of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, established under President Obama in 2015. According to The New York Times, Trump’s elimination of the regulations are part of his effort to unravel the former administration’s climate change agenda, citing cost issues as a reason. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement: “This is climate science denial at its most dangerous, as Trump is putting vulnerable communities, federal employees, and families at risk by throwing out any guarantee that our infrastructure will be safe.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.