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

Getty/Education Images/Universal Images Group A riverside industrial pulp mill shows smokestacks and stream releases, January 2018. 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, Idaho experienced two severe wildfires. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion . Impacts of climate change

Extreme weather

Idaho is projected to see a 110 percent increase in widespread summer drought by 2050. This threatens the production of trout and potatoes, for both of which Idaho is the biggest nationwide producer.

In 2019, Idaho experienced 960 wildfires that burned 284,026 acres , ranking third for the highest number of acres burned nationwide. Currently, more than 550,000 people living in Idaho—or 36 percent of the state’s population—live in areas at an elevated risk of wildfire . Additionally, Idaho ranks second in the country for […]

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