President Trump intends to allow private companies to use federally subsidized WIFIA water loans to lease and outright buy public water and sewer systems.

His plan is zero sum game; there will be no new funds, just a shuffling of what already exists to make it easier for Wall Street to profit?

We can expect his budgets to have massive cuts to EPA and even federal water funding. Last year, Trump's budget proposed completely eliminating USDA's rural water program.

Now he wants to gut environmental protection to rush them through the permitting process.

The leaked infrastructure plan could include fracking in our national parks and offshore oil drilling. It also will provide new federal subsidies for potentially high risk oil and gas projects.

And all this because President Trump thinks he can turn $200 billion into $1 trillion or $1.7 trillion, depending on apparently his mood - by green lighting and and fast-tracking big infrastructure and pipeline projects.

This regulatory rollback does not create new projects or jobs;it just makes existing plans riskier and more dangerous for the health of our communities, workers and the planet?

Trump's infrastructure plan is a give away to the corporations at the expense of the public health and the environment.

Communities deserve a say in how their water systems are managed, and decisions about shared essential resources such as water should be made with the public's interest in mind -

Not the potential profit margins of Trump's Wall Street cronies.

We need a just and equitable infrastructure plan that dedicates federal funding for public water and waterway systems, makes corporations pay their fair share instead of -

Burdening working and middle-class families and prioritizes vulnerable communities with the greatest affordability and public health needs.

To get to a real solution, we must resist Trump's infrastructure scam.

!WOW! thanks researcher and author of this brilliant piece, Mary Grant.


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