Constant changes to environmental laws can negatively impact the environment, says UTSA professor

SAN ANTONIO – In his first week and a half in office, President Joe Biden has devoted a great deal of attention to reinstating environmental regulations that the Trump administration had previously rolled back.

The president also signed several executive orders, committing the United States to fight climate change more aggressively.

In four years, the Trump administration has rolled back more than 112 environmental rules. Many environmental organizations have stated that rapid changes can have a negative impact on the environment.

In San Antonio, Dr. Saugata Datta of UTSA’s new Institute for Research, Sustainability and Policy said more time needs to be spent studying regulatory changes. The environment is constantly seeking a state of balance and will react accordingly, Dr. Datta said.

Despite the continuous changes, Dr. Datta said we are fortunate to live in South Texas, where many environmental changes are noticeable.

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Scientists and lawmakers in the region can work together to properly study the impacts on our ecosystem. However, the federal government needs to invest more in long-term studies, so places like this can collect data accurately, Dr. Datta said.

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