President Trump made national news when he visited a controversial new plant located outside of Pittsburgh that is expected to produce up to 1.7 million tons of plastic each year to be turned into single-use plastic items. The president’s visit showed how the increase in single-use plastics is also driving more fracking, which is the source for the raw materials used in making plastics. 

PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur was quoted in more than 700 news stories across the nation on the president’s support for the controversial facility, including quotes in Time magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

“Of all the things we could invest in, of all the things we should be prioritizing, of all the companies we should be giving our taxpayer money to, this seems like the worst of all worlds," said David. “The project is a big taxpayer boondoggle for a big dirty project.”

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Photo: The president’s visit showed how the increase in single-use plastics is also driving more fracking, which is the source for the raw materials used in making plastics. Credit: Adam Fagen via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)