President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday that would require states to install insecticide-resistant crop spray in response to the emergence of a new species of mosquito-borne disease that is rapidly killing people.
In the wake of the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly call to eliminate the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus in March, Trump has pledged to boost the number of people infected with the Zika virus from the current nearly 2,000 to as many as 10,000 per year.
But a White House official says that the president has not yet made a decision on the order.
While some scientists say the mosquito vector carrying Zika is far more dangerous than previously thought, Trump and many environmental and public health advocates believe that the virus is on the verge of being eradicated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The plan to reduce global warming is a key goal of the Paris climate agreement, but environmentalists argue that it is insufficient to tackle climate change and must also include measures to prevent it.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway said that the administration was looking at the Zika situation and that the plan would include a focus on the need to control the mosquito vectors that carry the virus.
“We want to get it out of the country,” Conway said.
“So we are going to focus on mosquito control.
It is the number one priority.”
According to a statement from the White House, Trump will sign the order Tuesday.
“This will be an important milestone in our fight against this global threat,” Conway added.
“President Trump’s Executive Order is a historic step forward to achieve the goal of eliminating the mosquito mosquito vector that transmits the Zika Virus from person to person and has devastated millions of lives around the world.”
The executive order comes as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a new version of the National Security Strategy.
Trump’s goal is to reduce the spread of the Zika strain in the U.S. by using a combination of measures, including “enhanced surveillance” and surveillance of U.N. climate meetings, to “degrade the vector.”
Trump is also planning to meet with world leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday and said he is considering using a mosquito-control strategy to address climate change.
But experts say that the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, China and others, all of whom have pledged to fight the mosquito virus, are not equipped to deal with the new vector, and they are also unlikely to have the expertise to implement the strategy.
The White House statement did not address whether Trump would seek to use a mosquito control strategy as a way to curb climate change or whether he would use a policy to eliminate Zika in the near future.
The administration is already moving ahead with a series of executive orders aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan that aims to curb emissions from power plants.
In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a plan to expand the use of the controversial CO2-emitting coal power plant technology.
However, experts say Trump’s plan would likely be less effective because it would only apply to the United Sates.
According to the EPA, the strategy is meant to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants and to improve the use and efficiency of the existing coal-fueled plants.
However the EPA is still considering the proposal and said in a statement on Tuesday: “The strategy will help the United states meet its 2020 goals, while continuing to pursue strategies that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”
But experts have said that many of the countries involved in the strategy are unlikely to be able to reduce GHG emissions by the end of the decade.
“I think there’s an overconfidence in the coal power industry that they can cut GHG emission in a few years,” said Jennifer Francis, director of the Program on Global Health Law and Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“But that’s not the case.
They’re not going to be in the business of reducing emissions until 2020.
The strategy is aimed at 2020 and we’ve already seen this strategy come up short in that time.”
In addition to Trump’s executive order, the White Houses National Security Council has issued a memo to the secretaries of the departments of Agriculture and Labor, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget calling on them to review the effectiveness of their current programs on the Zika outbreak.
The memo also calls on the secretaries to provide updates on their plans to implement their Zika response plans.