Trump’s Environmental To (un)Do List
1. Trump has vowed to “rescind all job-destroying Obama executive actions … including the Clean Power Plan.” See what Trump could potentially ‘achieve’ here.
2. Mr. Trump has named leading-climate sceptic Myron Ebell of the business-backed Competitive Enterprise Institute to head his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. Ebell assures us we have “nothing to worry about”. Check out his article featured in Forbes called “Love Global Warming”.
3. No surprise then that Trump has vowed to drastically curb the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With a Republican Senate and House, he could bar the EPA from regulating CO2 completely.
4. By repealing those EPA regulations, Trump wants to bring back coal (but doesn’t seem to understand why coal is facing an inevitable decline)
5. Trump will relish in reversing the Obama administration’s pledge of $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund. The fund was set up by none other than Secretary of State ‘Crooked Hillary’ in 2009. As part of a wider $100bn pledge of rich countries to help poorer countries mitigate and prepare against the negative effects of climate change, only $500m has so far been disbursed.
6. Trump has pledged to “cancel the Paris climate agreement”. The agreement saw the country pledge to cut GHG emissions by up to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. The political repercussions of a US withdrawal could be even more damaging, and could set a dangerous precedent. Under the agreement’s requirements, it would take the U.S. 4 years to formally withdraw, should they choose to do so.
7. That is… unless Mr. Trump chooses to take the US out of the accord’s parent treaty: the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This could be the most damaging decision yet. Doing so would signal that the US has no interest whatsoever in cooperating internationally on climate change.
Originally published at www.forfoodssake.me on November 21, 2016.