President Donald Trump’s green building council that he created to address the country’s air quality has no mandate and has been riddled with problems, including a lack of staff and a lack, according to several former members.
“We are seeing the Trump administration’s green buildings commission is too green, too bureaucratic, and too slow to act,” said Tom Tice, who was Trump’s nominee for the job.
Tice is now with the nonprofit Clean Cities Coalition.
“It’s really just a vehicle for Trump to say that we’re going to do the right thing,” Tice said.
“I don’t think there’s any reason for that.”
Tice says Trump’s commission on climate change was a failure.
He said that Trump’s executive order directing agencies to prepare plans to combat the effects of climate change, which has been challenged in court, also has been “further politicized” by the White House.
He is calling for the Trump-appointed commission to be disbanded.
Trump also has a plan to overhaul the federal government’s environmental review process, but he has not laid out any detailed plans to do so.
“There’s no reason to expect the green building commission to pass any meaningful climate change legislation,” Tices said.
The commission was created by Trump after his election in November to oversee the environmental review of Trump-owned businesses.
It is currently under consideration by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is trying to set up a new climate change task force.
In January, the Trump Organization sued the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act when it denied a permit for a Trump hotel to build a hotel near the White Farm golf course in Ohio.
The suit alleges that the EPA failed to give due consideration to Trump’s environmental concerns and to provide the proper information to the commission.
A judge last week dismissed the case.
The EPA said the court ruling was a preliminary matter, and that the agency will review the case and take further action.
Trump’s order for the commission to begin reviewing the issue of climate issues was delayed by a federal judge in New York who said it was too close to the election.
Trump has said he would not appoint an environmental official to lead the commission and has said that he would appoint someone to lead an independent panel of experts.
But in a letter to the president, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the commission would begin its work after the election, and she said the agency would use its powers to “make sure that the commission is fully informed of all of the relevant information, including the scientific evidence, to understand the impacts of greenhouse gases and climate change on the nation’s air and water quality.”
The Trump administration did not respond to requests for comment.
The council was formed in September as a way to address concerns about how cities and states were responding to air pollution.
Trump said in his campaign that he wanted to be a “green president.”
In a recent interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump said he wanted “to create a green environment where people don’t have to worry about their health, they don’t worry about having asthma, they can live with the air quality they have in their neighborhood.”