Global Warming No Longer a White House Priority Under Trump

Global Warming No Longer a White House Priority Under Trump

Overview

Since failing to deliver an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the White House has been looking for a political win. Touting federal overreach as a justification for rolling back environmental protections, the Trump administration has grown comfortable using the coal industry as an example of his campaign pledge “to revitalize the economy.” But the truth of the matter is that the coal industry is beyond repair. tI’s not coming back. The millions of jobs that Trump promised to the rural areas that overwhelming voted for him also are not coming back.

Under the new executive order, singed recently at the office of the Environmental Protection Agency, officials won’t be required to consider the consequences of climate change when making policy decisions, federal coal leases will be lifted, carbon emission rules relaxed and more. Not only would the U.S. be stripped of current environmental protections, anything else that Trump deems harmful to economic growth could be in jeopardy, a tactic he describes as “I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations.”

 

For Trump, these historic steps also include removing guidelines for vehicle fuel efficiency, erasing power plant emission rules and refusing to invest in measures like solar energy or clean power.