Thousands of Americans will be celebrating a Republican victory today following Trump’s presidential success, but environmental activists and campaigners will be despondent.
The next four years of Trumps presidency will influence many political issues including tax reform, gun rights and immigration. While these issues were debated throughout the election cycle, environmental issues were pushed aside.
Trump’s approach to environmentalism will have serious consequences to global climate. As one of the leading fossil-fuel burning nations, experts are making it imperative the U.S stays in line with the Paris Agreement, signed by Obama last year. The agreement commits almost every nation into taking action to curb the climate-change problem.
Republican campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, publicly stated that “while Trump acknowledges that temperatures are rising globally, he does not believe that human activity has had any influence over it.”
Outline of Trumps environmental policy plan:
- More fossil fuel drilling to retrieve resources for economic benefit.
- Plans to “cancel the Paris climate agreement.”
- Revive construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring petroleum from Canada’s oil line to Gulf Coast refineries.
- Eliminate government spending on clean energy and climate research.
- Claims to restore jobs lost in coal mining that essentially defies free-market forces.
The newly elected president vows to undo many of Obama’s initiatives to decrease planet-warming emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Trump said that during his first 100 days in office he would “rescind” Environmental Protection Agency regulations, established under Obama.
Earlier in the presidential cycle Trump stated, “We’re going to deal with real environmental challenges, not the phony ones we’ve been hearing about.”