The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Indiana

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Just in the past three years, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back at least 95 environmental rules and regulations to the detriment of the environment and Americans’ public health. Moreover, the administration refuses to act to mitigate the effects of climate change—instead loosening requirements for polluters emitting the greenhouse gases that fuel the climate crisis. This dangerous agenda is affecting the lives of Americans across all 50 states.

Between 2017 and 2019, Indiana experienced two floods and seven severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Impacts of climate change

Extreme weather

Temperature

  • Indiana rarely experiences days when heat exceeds dangerous levels, but projections indicate that the state may experience 40 such days per year by 2050. This endangers the lives of the more than 170,000 people in Indiana who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Impacts of the Trump administration’s anti-environmental policies

Climate

  • In March 2020, the Trump administration announced its final rule to overturn Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars. These weakened fuel standards will lead to higher greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions and will cost Illinois residents $701 million
  • The Trump administration is attempting to gut climate considerations from major infrastructure projects by eliminating the “cumulative impact” requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act. This is concerning because Indiana’s economy relies heavily on its agriculture, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries—all of which are highly dependent on climate and weather conditions.
    • Agriculture: In 2012, agriculture in Indiana supplied 107,500 jobs and nearly $15 billion in total value-added impact to the state.
    • Tourism: In 2018, tourism in Indiana generated more than $9 billion to gross state product and supported more than 152,600 jobs, or 5 percent of all jobs in the state.
    • Outdoor recreation: The outdoor recreation industry in Indiana generates 200,000 direct jobs and nearly $16 billion in consumer spending.

Toxics

Air quality

  • Mercury emissions in Indiana decreased by nearly 86 percent from 2011 to 2017, yet the Trump administration just undermined limits on the amount of mercury and other toxic emissions that are allowed from power plants.

Water quality

To read the personal stories of Americans affected by climate change and the impacts of the Trump administration’s anti-environmental policies in your state, visit OurEnvironment.org.