Donald Trump wrecks the planet

Of all the crazy and dangerous things done by Donald Trump his disastrous environmental policies will probably have most serious lasting effect.

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Donald Trump wrecks the planet

Trump has long been notorious for his climate change denial stance. In 2014 he tweeted that:
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Following on from his campaign pledges to open new coal mines one has already opened in Pennsylvania and he has pushed ahead with plans to lease 1,700 acres of wilderness in Gunnison National Forest in Colorado to Arch Coal.
This will allow them to expand their existing mining operations in the region, mines that Environmental Protection Agency data have shown to be the largest industrial emitter of methane in Colorado between 2013 and 2015. This is on top of the continued extraction of shale gas via fracking.
Of course by far the most damaging anti-climate move of his administration to date has been pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. After refusing to confirm or deny his intention to do so at a G7 meeting in Italy in May he announced his decision at a press conference. His speech dripped with economic nationalism not far removed from the infamous tweet about China and global warming mentioned earlier.
“We’re getting out. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and in many cases lax contributions to our critical military alliance.”
Trump’s attitude to climate change is of course typical of many in the Republican Party and shouldn’t be a surprise from a President who appointed the CEO of Exxon Mobile as his Secretary of State. Denial of climate change or even just refusal to do anything significant about it has long been evident among those who hold strongly neoliberal economic views.
When faced with plans for regulation which may hurt their profits fossil fuel companies are more than capable of utilising their vast wealth and power to scupper those plans without a thought to the long term consequences for the mass of the world’s population, now and in the future. And Donald Trump is busy showing that he’s their man .

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