Despite attempts by Trump and his camorra to normalize themselves by waffling on climate change, the immediate purging of the whitehouse.gov website of climate science information and the posting of his energy plan show Trump’s true colors.
The “Trump version of reality” is at www.whitehouse.gov, especially the “America First Energy Plan” page that says, in part, “…Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and Waters of the U.S. Rule… committed to shale oil [“fracking”]… clean coal technology… reviving [the] coal industry…”
There is no such thing as “clean coal.” It is the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, and rebranding it “clean coal technology” doesn’t make it any cleaner. Action on climate change and to protect the waters of the United States is neither harmful nor unnecessary. Saying so doesn’t make it so. Perverting the Bully Pulpit to say it so doesn’t make it so.
The Trump energy plan is 380 words long. It uses the word “America” ten times. It’s a propaganda puff piece. It promises to gut the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate science mission. I predict that climate science activities of the US Coast and Geodetic Survey will also suffer. (In fact, I predicted that in my dystopian novel, “Holy Fire.” Please see the home page of this web site.)
The USGS reports earthquakes worldwide every day on their web site. This includes earthquakes linked to fracking. How long do you think they will be allowed to do that?
Trump has for years been a denier of climate change and of the science of climate change.
Trump has called climate change a “con job,” a “hoax” and “bull ---t.” He has said that it “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” His nominations of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator suggest that those words are what he believes. His attempts to “walk back” his opposition to the Paris climate pact, the role of the Chinese, and the anthropogenic component of climate change appear to be an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people.
His energy plan is another attempt to do just that. The most frightening thing is that he is likely to get away with it.
What effect will a four-year denial of climate change, science, and reality have on the world’s climate? On the lives and health of you, your children, and your grandchildren? Please check this blog page in a couple of days.
Meanwhile, please consider pursuing some of the references.
* The Obama Administration’s June 2013 “Climate Action Plan” no longer appears on whitehouse.gov, but a .pdf copy is available at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf
www.whitehouse.gov A search of the site using the word, “climate” got two hits from history (c. 1933 and c. 1961 in the biographies of two First Ladies). The only current hit was from the “America First Energy Plan,” in the sentence: “…Trump is committed to eliminating…the Climate Action Plan…”
Trump on “clean coal,” climate change denial: Blog Posts of 2016-12-13
Trump on climate change and cabinet nominations: Blog Posts of 2016-11-18, 2016-12-19
Trump on Paris Agreement on climate:
Republican Party platform on fossil fuels and climate change: Blog Post 2016-11-18
The science and reality of climate change:
Blog posts of 2016-12-07, 2016-10-21
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