Overshadowed by his decision to describe some of those who took part in the far-right rally in Charlottesville as “very fine people”, Donald Trump announced plans to scrap regulations designed to protect roads and other infrastructure from climate change.
Under Barack Obama, the US federal government was required to consider the effects of global warming when planning infrastructure, such as the risk of flooding from predicted sea level rise.
Mr Trump complained that such regulations were slowing down projects, claiming it had taken 17 years to build a road in a state that he would not name.
The US President wants to spend $200bn of government money over 10 years on improving infrastructure as part of a $1 trillion programme involving private funds.
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