President-Elect Trump's 16 Promised
Plans On Energy And The Environment
Timeline Of Environmental Concerns - Part 12
President-elect Donald Trump's promises that will affect energy and the environment:
President-elect Trump has mentioned many times that he believes climate change to be a hoax that was originally perpetrated by the Chinese Government. It is unlikely that he will promote measures that will alleviate climate change.
The Washington Post performed a valuable public service by publishing a list of 282 campaign promises that Trump has issued. 1 Promises 178 to 194 deal with energy and the environment:
- 178: He plans to drastically cut the size of the "Environmental Protection Agency, leaving "a little bit" still functioning. He said:
"... what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations. They're making it impossible."
- 179: Terminate all of President Obama's executive orders that deal with the environment!
- 180: Eliminate "intrusive" regulations and any other regulation that is outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers, or contrary to the national interest. ... Imagine a world in which our foes, and the oil cartels, can no longer use energy as a weapon." Remove "draconian barriers" so that energy infrastructure project can be approved quicker.
- 181: Eliminate the Clean Water Act's definition of the "waters of the United States" so that control over wetlands and rivers can be restored to the individual states.
- 182: Cancel the Clean Power Plan which limits the level of carbon pollution emitted by power plants.
- 183: Oppose a carbon tax on fossil fuels that would limit carbon dioxide emissions -- a major greenhouse effect gas.
- 184: Terminate limits on new drilling technologies and support "safe hydraulic fracturing." Lease additional federal land for fracturing.
- 185: Relax federal rules that restrict coal mining. Allow new coal mining leases on federal lands.
- 186: Treat climate change as a hoax. Trump originally called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to damage American businesses. However, he has been backtracking from this opinion recently. He seems to be edging towards agreement with:
- Essentially all climate scientists who agree that climate change is actually happening, and
- Those scientific articles on climate change which discuss the cause of the change. 97% of them blame human activity leading to more greenhouse gases being released to the atmosphere.
Trump now admits that there is "some connectivity" between human activity and climate change. He said:
"I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much." 2
Travis Nichols, a spokesperson for Greenpeace USA, said:
"Whether or not Trump acknowledges the connection between human pollution and climate change, the science is real. Climate change is happening, and fossil fuels are making it worse. No matter what he says, Trump's 100 Days Plan and his proposed Cabinet appointees put climate denial front and center in his administration and put the planet and its people at risk." 2
Jamie Henn is a spokesman for 350.org. It is an environmental advocacy group whose name is derived from the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million. Its name is already out of date because the level has already reached 400 and continues to increase. Henn said during the week of NOV-13 that:
"The disaster that Donald Trump represents for the climate cannot be understated. He is the only head of state in the world who is an all-out climate denier and he has the most radical, anti-environmental policies of anyone to ever assume the role of the presidency." 2
- 187: Terminate federal government funding for all climate change programs.
- 188: Terminate the U.S. pledge under the international Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse emissions.
- 189: Make the U.S. completely free of any reliance on foreign sources of oil.
- 190: Lower energy costs generally.
- 191: Request that Trans Canada Corp. renew its request to build the Keystone XL pipeline so that it can be approved under his administration.
192: Expand the level of natural gas and oil production. He said that his administration will:
"... end this war on the American worker and unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country." 3
- 193: Restore and protect the Florida Everglades. 4
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That might be a poor investment since much of the state of Florida may be under water in the future. According to Geology.com:
"... a sea level rise of only a few meters would inundate thousands of acres of highly developed land and beach communities along Florida's Atlantic Coast, the Florida Keys, and the Florida Gulf Coast. Significant flooding and environmental change would also be experienced in the Everglades. ... Florida is a low-elevation state and would feel the impact of sea level rise associated with global climate change much more strongly than other areas." 5
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- Jenna Johnson, "Here are 282 of Donald Trump’s campaign promises," Washington Post, 2016-NOV-23, at: https://medium.com/
- Jeremy Diamond, "Trump admits 'some connectivity' between climate change and human activity," KXLY, 2016-NOV-22, at: http://www.kxly.com/
- Timothy Cama, "Trump pledges ‘energy revolution'," The Hill, 2016-AUG-08, at: http://thehill.com/
- Christine Dimattei, "A Trump Presidency Could Be Good News For The Everglades," WGCU, 2016-NOV-30, at: http://news.wgcu.org/
- "Coastal Florida and Everglades - Sea Level Rise Map," Geology.com, undated at: http://geology.com/
- Brandon Miller, "2016 was the hottest year on record -- again," CNN, 2017-JAN-18, at: http://www.cnn.com/
Copyright © 2016 & 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2016-DEC-22
Latest update: 2017-JAN-20
Author: B.A. Robinson