Trump issues Earth Day message

Trump issues Earth Day message
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Monday issued a message commemorating Earth Day, pledging that his administration will be "effective stewards of our environment while encouraging opportunities for American workers and their families."

"Earth Day is a celebration of the abundant beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment," Trump said in a presidential message issued by the White House. "On this day, we reaffirm our responsibility to protect God’s wondrous creation for future generations."

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Trump boasted in the message that the country is experiencing "historic economic and job growth" while its air and water quality "ranks among the highest in the world." He touted his administration's conservation efforts and initiatives to improve water infrastructure.

"Environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand in hand," Trump added. "A strong market economy is essential to protecting our critical natural resources and fostering a legacy of conservation."

While Trump has regularly touted his administration's efforts to ensure clean air and drinking water, the president has overseen the rollback of several Obama-era environmental regulations and has repeatedly cast doubt on the existence and impacts of climate change. 

Trump late last year downplayed a government report that warned of dire consequences of climate change, telling reporters that he did not believe its projections about the looming economic effects if the world doesn't take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He has previously suggested global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese and has cited winter storms to push back on the concept.

The president also caused a stir earlier this month with he suggested that the noise emitted by wind turbines causes cancer.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record by average temperature.