The Three Biggest Threats to the Environment from the 114th Congress

Support for the environment was once a bipartisan affair. Democrats and Republicans came together to create the first Earth Day in 1970.

No longer. Backed by more than $720 million from coal, oil, and gas companies, the new Republican-led Congress is advancing an aggressive anti-environmental agenda that puts the country’s priceless natural resources and treasured open spaces at risk. Here are the three biggest threats to America’s public lands and waters in the 114th Congress.

Presley Attardo is a former intern at the Center for American Progress. Elise Shulman is the Communications Associate for the Ocean Policy program, Claire Moser is a Research and Advocacy Associate with the Public Lands Project, and Miranda Peterson is a Research Assistant for the Energy Policy team at the Center. Andrew Satter is the Center’s Director of Video.