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Joseph Winters is Grist’s editorial intern.

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Trump’s stint in the White House is at an end, but his self-proclaimed legacy as America’s “great environmentalist” lives on. In tweets, stump speeches, tweets, TV interviews, tweets, and more, we’ve learned a great deal over the last four years about Trump’s sweeping vision for environmental policy — including opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and weakening fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

In addition to his many environmental rollbacks, Trump also assembled an impressive set of “alternative” environmental facts: Remember when he called the Green New Deal a socialist plot to “completely destroy America’s economy,” claiming that it would “permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military”? What about the time he said eco-friendly light bulbs would cast an orange tinge over everything? Or that fuel-efficient vehicles would be made of papier-mâché?

“The president has never been shy about communicating his sweeping vision for clean air, crystal clean water, and conservation,” wrote the chair of the Trump administration’s Council on Environmental Quality near the end of 2020.

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