Elections impact health through
changes in both health-care delivery and upstream social and
environmental policies. The upcoming US election presents stark
contrasts in environmental policies that will affect health in the
USA and globally. Here we examine these contrasts through the lens
of planetary health.
A hallmark of the current
US administration, say Myers and Frumkin, has been its hostility to
environmental stewardship and its embrace of an antiregulatory
agenda. President Donald Trump has appointed administration
officials from the ranks of polluting industries and their lobbying
eviscerated some key government agencies;
and diluted or overturned environmental
Notably, Trump has called climate change a hoax and has cast doubt
on established science.
The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has stronger
pro-environmental positions as evidenced by the actions of the
Obama administration in which he served and by his published 2020
election platform on a clean energy revolution and environmental
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