This order plans on dismantling the EPA regulations on climate, or as he refers to it “the war on coal.” Trump blames climate regulations on the federal government having too much power over industry, although these regulations have been put in place for the sake of humanity.
April 22 and April 29 have separate protest marches planned to resist against Trump’s latest policies. Be a part of them.
Just after recent developments of Trump’s administration and their concerns with the environment (or lack thereof), a group of 17 congressional Republicans came together to support a resolution to combat climate change. These congressmen say that they think this issue involving the environment has been politicized for far too long and are finally taking a stand against the partisanship that has been preventing the progress to solve this likely fatal issue. In a CBS This Morning interview, Florida Representative Carlos Curbelo stated this concern and seeks to end the political nature of this debate.
Since this resolution is nonbinding, anything is possible. However, the future is looking better than before. We just have to keep an eye on these representatives and ensure that they will follow through in further legislative actions.
Although there are many negative things going on in the United States regarding the environment, it is important to notice and acknowledge the positives.
In several European countries, there is a “revolution” to create and discover new forms of renewable energy. Take note that many European efforts are sent overseas and ideas are shared just a few years later. The United States will hopefully follow suit and not leave humanity behind.
Read more about the “revolution” here.
“We’re not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.”
— Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget
As if the Trump administration couldn’t do anything worse for the environment. Once again, they managed to shock some and disgust others.
The Trump administration seeks to pull out of international agreements to combat climate change. One of which, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), credits the United States as the top financial contributor. This organization isn’t just about climate change initiative. It also seeks to help other developing nations address issues brought about by their inequalities, such as hazardous pollution levels.
Fight back against the administration at the end of April. Make your voice heard. Two marches are scheduled on back-to-back Saturdays: April 22 (March for Science) and April 29 (People’s Climate Movement). We need all the support we can get to tell the administration that we will not back down.
Read more about the latest statements made by the Trump administrations regarding climate change initiatives here.
On March 14 at midnight, the entire state of New York went under a state of emergency in anticipation for the coming Nor’easter. Millions across the coast received upwards of 1-2 feet of snow. Now that it’s over and everybody is beginning to recover, we should ask ourselves whether or not global warming had any connection to this massive storm.
Sure, we’ve had Nor’easters in the past, varying from mild to severe. However, this latest storm system is among the most powerful recorded in over 100 years of recorded history.
Global warming obviously increases the heat of the oceans worldwide. As our oceans heat up, we can expect to see more intense storms, as the warmer oceans provide for more strength in storm systems. However, we cannot tie this specific event’s intensity to global warming. Instead, we must look at the larger picture and see the increasing intensities of storms worldwide. It is undeniable that we are seeing more catastrophic weather patterns, and the only answer we can come up with for this is that global warming (or climate change) does play some role. The significance of this role may be debatable, but one cannot deny the facts.
Read more about the latest storm and its connections to global warming here.
How does one justify arguing against the facts?
Scott Pruitt, our current EPA head, denied to the public that carbon dioxide causes global warming. He claimed that we didn’t know that it was the primary contributor yet (although his government agency’s website claims otherwise) and that we have to continue to review this.
An overwhelming majority of the science community agrees that carbon dioxide is the #1 contributor to global warming and climate change.
The oceans on this planet are warming way faster than we thought. 13% faster to be exact. And that’s still an increasing percentage. This is yet another piece of evidence to support the case of global warming. What other proof do we need?
63.5˚F. The previous record was 59˚F. This is getting out of control. We need to take action now.
Global warming is not a joke (or a Chinese invention).
Read more here.
On February 28, 2016 Trump signed yet another executive order. This time, he signaled his interest in dismantling the Clean Water Act of Obama’s administration.
Read more here.