Democratic lawmakers and climate advocates on Tuesday condemned an announcement on Twitter from President Donald Trump that he had directed the U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury to make funding available to American oil and gas companies negatively impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“This is the opposite of #PeopleBeforeProfit,” the international advocacy group Global Witness tweeted in response to Trump. “This ‘great’ industry already receives billions from the government while costing lives and livelihoods by polluting communities and the global climate. Time to stop propping up Big Oil.”
Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.) also responded to the president by calling for a “climate plan” with “more jobs for less pollution.”