If Donald Trump were to implement his campaign policies for the environment, among other controversial ones, he would be undoing what scientists have worked for all these years. It would, probably, have a devastating effect on the environment and adversely impact land and water. His views on environmental issues during the campaign left many aghast especially in the world of science.
If these policies were to be implemented, it would undo what scientists and environmentalists have been fighting for all these years. His plans of tapping energy resources within the U.S. and coal and energy policies will have a huge negative impact on water, land and the environment as a whole.
His energy plans would result in the emission of more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It would accelerate global warming which has already had an impact on the world’s climate. Whatever little progress has been made to tackle global warming will be undone in quick time.
Look at the major donors of his campaign funding! Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Koch brothers and the Heartland Institute including many other oil-field entrepreneurs mainly Texas-based players – all considered major polluters according to many.
In a tweet on November 7, 2012, Donald had written: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Although the tweet is from 2012, it gives one an insight into the character of the person and his eccentricities.
His campaign promise to reverse Obama’s climate regulations, calling global warming “a Chinese Hoax, his choice of Myron Ebell, someone who does not believe in the “myths” of global warming, to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Transition team are all indicative of his desire to go ahead with his proposed plans.
Another report to worry about is that he is considering appointing Sarah Palin the former Alaska governor as Interior Secretary. She is known to support drilling in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge and the aerial hunting of wolves and bears.
In one of his campaign statements on Oct 31, he had said “We’re going to put America first. That includes canceling billions in climate change spending for the United Nations, a number Hillary wants to increase, and instead use that money to provide for American infrastructure including clean water, clean air, and safety.”
It makes one wonder how he will manage the “clean water, clean air, and safety” pledge if he pursues the policies in his election manifesto. These are decisions that will affect hundreds of millions of people for a long time to come.
However, optimistically speaking, there will be fierce opposition to ensure the crusade against global warming and climate change is not lost. Also, some states are going ahead with their own ambitious climate issue plans which may encourage other states to follow suit.
Another reason to be hopeful is that alternative energy and further research on the subject will result in a substantial reduction in the demand for fossil fuel.
Again, climate activists will protest strongly and may merge to form a team strong and smart enough to tackle the menace of global warming and climate change.
Let’s hope that saner elements prevail in the Grand Old Party (GOP) and oppose strongly to the hazardous environment and energy policies Trump intends to unleash.