- An oil derrick is surrounded by flood waters along the South Platte River near Greeley as clean-up from recent flooding continues in the Colorado Front Range, US. Reports from emergency officials indicate there are over 20 oil spills from flood damage in the Evans and Greeley area. Torrential rains that lashed the northern Front Range of Colorado delivered six months worth of normal rainfall from September 11 to 15, 2013 causing a record flooding in the area.
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In response to Trump’s Executive Order curtailing environmental review, including the rescinding of safeguards against spending Federal dollars on infrastructure in the path of floods, Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner Diana Best said:
“Racing to build major infrastructure where flooding is sure to happen is fiscally irresponsible and willfully ignorant. This order is about fast-tracking the placement of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of developers and the oil and gas industry, not lasting infrastructure. While Trump complains about essential environmental review, the rest of us are dealing with the rising waters of climate change, which are already upon us. No amount of wishful thinking by executive order or retreats from global agreements will alter the reality of climate change and its threats to infrastructure.”