Donald Trump and the Environment

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable Turkey Day filled with lots of food and love!

Today I’d like to talk a little bit about our president elect’s environmental policies. As many of you already know, Donald Trump hasn’t been known as the biggest friend of the environment, even going as far as claiming that climate change was a “hoax perpetuated by the Chinese”. However, since Donald Trump has been elected president, it seems as though he has taken a less controversial stance on the topic. Whether or not Trump will continue to uphold these claims throughout his presidency, it is essential that we stay informed about his environmental policies. That being said, here’s a quick rundown on Trump’s views on climate change, the environment, and renewable energy.

  • Doesn’t accept the scientific evidence that climate change is real
    • He believes that there is still a lot of research that needs to be done in climate change investigations
  • Wants to dismantle the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Believes that clean water may be one of the most important issues we face as a nation for the next generation
    • Wants to use financial resources to eliminate water-born diseases such as malaria, to ensure clean water to everyone around the world, and producing a sufficient amount of food.
  • Wants to keep public lands in control of the federal government
  • Wants to cut funding from the EPA and remove President Obama’s regulations to reduce carbon emissions

It is fair to say that Donald Trump’s presidency is not good news for the environment. Essentially, he wants to go back on the progress we’ve made over the past eight years to transition over to renewable energy. However, it is important to remember that while Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, he is only the president. There are over 300 million people living in the U.S. and if we all make an effort into living more sustainable lives and show an interest and commitment to renewable energy, our voices will not be ignored.

As one of the biggest and most influential countries in the world, the United States has a responsibility to change our ways for the sake of the environment. If we put in the effort to reduce our carbon emissions and switch over to renewable energy sources, the rest of the world will follow. So, while Donald Trump’s policies may not accept climate change and promote sustainable living, it is up to the citizens of our country to take a stand for our planet.

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