REPORT CARD: Trump Gets an F in Ohio; In November, He’ll Get an L

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of Ohio’s primary, we’re here to remind you that Donald Trump failed Ohio families and the economy as president. His anti-worker and climate-denier agenda hurt Ohio’s burgeoning clean energy economy, threatened the health of communities across the state, and disrupted the federal government’s ability to prevent and respond to environmental disasters. Trump repealed clean car standards that would have saved families money at the pump and protected wages for workers across the nation. The cancellation was estimated to cost Ohio over $717 million per year. Families in Ohio can’t afford another Trump presidency. 

“On Trump’s last visit to Ohio, he promised there would be a ‘bloodbath’ if he loses in November – but his policies already left a wake of destruction in Ohio,” said Climate Power communications director Alex Glass. “Trump weakened protections that made our workers safer, our air and water cleaner, and hurt the auto industry. President Biden’s clean energy plan has brought Made in America manufacturing back to Ohio, and if Donald Trump is elected, he will gut our progress and drive out good-paying clean energy jobs.”

FAIL:  During his presidency, Trump withdrew an Obama-era plan to require faster brakes on trains carrying highly flammable materials. He also delayed a rule that demanded at least two crew members on freight trains and erased a ban on transporting liquified natural gas by rail. 

FAIL: Under Trump, the U.S. saw 15% more days with unhealthy air than under President Obama. According to the American Lung Association’s 2023 State of the Air Report – which looks at data from 2019, 2020, and 2021 – multiple counties and metropolitan areas in Ohio have unhealthy air quality.

FAIL: Trump imposed tariffs on solar energy, tried to eliminate the electric vehicle tax credit, and hampered the leasing and planning processes for renewable energy projects. 

FAIL: Trump’s new policy proposals would decimate Ohio’s auto industry. Trump’s clean cars regulatory cuts were estimated to cost Ohioans over $717 million annually due to weakened worker overtime protections and price-gouging at the pump. 

FAIL: While Donald Trump continued to deny the reality of the climate crisis and rollback protections, Ohio saw 13 billion-dollar disaster events that killed 63 people and caused $47.6 billion in damages during his presidency.