Trump & Climate Change

THE ISSUE: CLIMATE CHANGE

The Trump Administration has:

– Pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the landmark international treaty to address climate change. 

– Appointed Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal industry lobbyist and anti-EPA attorney, to run EPA. 

– Left climate change completely out of the proposed 2021 federal budget and called for steep cuts to environmental programs.

-Proposed to drop standards to monitor and repair leaks of methane — a “super pollutant” vastly more potent than carbon dioxide in causing global warming.

– Ignored scientific data about the risks of climate change and dissolved the federal government’s science-based climate change advisory boards.

– Reversed 100 environmental rules, many of which involved climate change. 

– Dismantled the Clean Power Plan, a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

– Proposed cutting funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), a move that would undermine promising new clean-energy technologies.

– Significantly weakened emissions standards that require automakers to produce more fuel-efficient and less polluting vehicles.

– Proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) so that agencies can ignore climate change when measuring environmental impacts of major infrastructure projects. 

– Used the Covid-19 pandemic as a “rationale” to temporarily waive required environmental reviews of infrastructure projects—and permanently weaken clean air and climate change rules.

What You Can Do To Fight Climate Change 

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Bibliography 

Donald Trump’s Record on Climate Change

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19122019/trump-climate-policy-record-rollback-fossil-energy-history-candidate-profile

The world’s climate catastrophe worsens amid the pandemic

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/06/29/worlds-climate-catastrophe-worsens-amid-pandemic

Federal policy on climate change, 2017-2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Federal_policy_on_climate_change,_2017-2020

The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html

7 Ways the Trump Administration Is Harming the Climate

https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/04/7-ways-trump-administration-harming-climate

Young People Rally for Green New Deal in Washington as Trump Administration Promotes Fossil Fuels at WorldClimate Talks

https://www.wri.org/blog/2018/12/young-people-rally-green-new-deal-washington-trump-administration-promotes-fossil-fuels

Tracking the Trackers

INSIDER: The Climate Effect of the Trump Administration

https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/12/insider-climate-effect-trump-administration

Donald Trump’s Record on Climate Change

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19122019/trump-climate-policy-record-rollback-fossil-energy-history-candidate-profile

Climate Change Once Again Left Out of Trump’s Federal Budget

Scientific American › article › clima…Web resultsClimate Change Once Again Left Out of Trump’s Federal Budget – Scientific American

Trump says ‘nothing’s a hoax’ about climate change

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/477548-trump-says-nothings-a-hoax-about-climate-change

STOP FOSSIL FUELS. BUILD 100% RENEWABLES.

https://www.350.org

Who Is Andrew Wheeler? (And Why You Should Be Afraid of Him)

https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/who-andrew-wheeler-and-why-you-should-be-afraid-him

Trump on Climate Change Report, “I Don’t Believe It”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46351940

Environmental Protections on the Chopping Block

Trump, Citing Pandemic, Moves to Weaken Two Key Environmental Protections

Regulatory Rollback Tracker

Trump Environmental Rollbacks Roll On Despite Pandemic. Opponents Cry Foul

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/28/863055318/trump-environmental-rollbacks-roll-on-despite-pandemic-opponents-cry-foul

Trump dismantles environmental protections under cover of coronavirus

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/10/trump-environmental-blitzkrieg-coronavirus

While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration

Tracking deregulation in the Trump era

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