After two years dismantling the environmental policies and regulations set out by Obama to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, Trump and his political appointees are launching a new attack.
Trump now will try to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests. Which is dangerous considering 40% of people live in coastal counties.
In the next few months, the White House will expand its efforts to impose Trump’s views on other nations, by building on his retreat from the Paris agreement and making the Arctic Council strip references to global warming from speeches and other formal statements.
Trump is trying to get the Environmental Protection Agency to abandon key aspects of the methodology they use to try to understand the causes and consequences of global heating.
Computer-generated climate models are used to explain that if fossil fuel emissions continue unchecked, the earth’s atmosphere could warm by as much as eight degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. This would lead to higher sea levels, more devastating storms and droughts, crop failures, food losses and severe health consequences.
However, computer-generated climate models that project the impact of climate change to 2040 will now be used, this would give a very misleading picture as the biggest effects of the current emissions will be felt after 2040.
Scientists have explained that by removing the projected effects of increased carbon dioxide pollution after 2040, reports will show an incomplete and falsely optimistic future by continuing to burn unlimited amounts of coal, oil and gasoline and the impact it will have.
The goal of the Trump administration is not just to change the climate assessment’s methodology, but also to question its conclusions by creating a new climate review panel.
Wealthy donors pulling the strings
Trumps views are influenced mainly by donors like Carl Icahn, owns oil refineries, and the oil-and-gas billionaire Harold Hamm, both also pushed Trump to deregulate the energy industry. Confirming worries for those concerned about the influence of money in politics.
The president’s advisers agree with his views. At the Arctic Council meeting, US Secretary of State described the rapidly warming Arctic as a land of “opportunity and abundance” due to its untapped reserves of oil, gas, uranium, gold, fish and rare-earth minerals. He said that the melting sea ice was opening up new shipping routes.
Outside the United States, climate scientists have long given up on the Trump White House, but they worry about the loss of the government as a source for reliable climate research.
With Trump at leading the way, Republicans will keep denying climate change because it represents a dire threat to their fossil fuel donors.
What can we do?
- Educate yourself on the subject.
- Speak to family and friends about the issues.
- Write to your MP and EMP.
- Sign Petitions.
- Go to protests.