8. An Inconvenient Truth 2: Inconvenient Harder
Trump campaigned under the notion that a broad range of policy changes were coming, and the budding administration has already taken leaps towards bringing them to fruition. The matter regarding energy, the environment, climate change, and global warming stands at the forefront thus far. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post reports that exiting EPA chief, Gina McCarthy is standing firm while her team transitions, saying, “We’re in a spectacularly different place today than we were when President Obama took office.” She warned, however, changes from Trump’s administration has the world “wondering if the U.S. will turn its back on science and be left behind. That is the choice that we face.” Especially after Trump’s selection of noted climate change denier Myron Ebell at the head of the new table, the world at large has every right to be concerned.
Other notable issues at these early transition stages include Trump’s plan to “eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa,” according to Oliver Milman of The Guardian, as well as Guardian‘s report from Isabel Hilton that if Donald Trump makes good on his threats to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, it means that China will no doubt emerge as the world’s global climate leader. Meanwhile, Business Insider is reporting that Trump’s dream of an energy independent U.S. and his America First energy plan would see sweeping changes to the oil industry. In addition to “developing new oil fields in the U.S.” and lessening dependence on Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, “the U.S. could further increase imports of Canadian crude oil.” Economist Mark Jaccard warns against this, however, telling The Globe and Mail that “U.S. and Canadian governments should reject pipeline proposals,” citing the environmental impact as an enormous risk.