The US also slipped in the global environmental rankings to No. 27 in 2018 from 26th during the past year of the Obama administration, according to the Environmental Performance Index, a project by Yale and Columbia universities to measure national performance on air, water, forestry and other metrics.
Billionaire Bernie Marcus, 90, who co-founded Home Depot in 1979, recently said he would be giving most of his wealth to charity but would also continue to support Trump's campaign after contributing $7 million in 2016.
U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be winning over a majority of the country's military veterans, with a new poll finding 57% approve of the way he is handling his responsibilities as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Trump's speech came after rainfall around Washington broke seasonal records, raised creeks up to 11 feet (3.3 meters) and flooded the White House basement.
"We're unlocking American energy and the U.S. is now a net exporter of clean, affordable, American natural gas", he said.
"We will defend the environment but we will also defend American sovereignty, American prosperity and American jobs", the Republican president said.
Two years ago, Mr Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the 2105 Paris agreement, which aims to limit global warming well below 2 degrees.
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John Matze, the libertarian CEO of Parler, a Twitter alternative used by Trump supporters, said he had tracked the IP address to ensure his invitation was real.
"This president does care about the environment, and he's doing something about it".
The ACE rule replaces the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan - a signature climate change measure that would have forced utilities to shut down coal plants.
And ahead of the speech, the Sierra Club said the President "has quickly established the worst record on the environment and climate action of any president in the history of the country".
In contrast, the American Lung Association's most recent State of the Air found air quality declining in recent years, as more cities suffer from higher levels of particle pollution ("soot") and ground-level ozone ("smog"), which increase in hot weather.
".to your favorite President, me!" We have the cleanest water; it's crystal clean.
Deere had added yesterday (July 8th) that the US President Donald Trump would speak in the event.