Trump’s New order and climate change.
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that could spell the end of Obama-era environmental policy.
In an effort to prioritize American jobs above addressing climate change, the Trump administration intends to curb the enforcement of a number of climate regulations.
In a bid to fulfill election promise, US president Donald Trump signs an order to review some of his predecessor Barack Obama’s climate legacy including emissions limits for coal-fired power plants and ease coal production limits.
Tom Steyer, the head of activist group NextGen Climate said, “These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American.”
British author, journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas said that Trumps environmental order is “intended to make coal competitive again in the US economy, by refossilizing the US power sector and demonstrably increasing carbon emissions…This is politically symbolic, as it will show that the Obama legacy on climate can be deleted.”
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Ajay Gambhir, a Policy Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London said “By removing economy-harming regulations, the door will be left open for health-harming regulations.”
While Trump is saying that the newly signed order paves “a new era in American energy and production and job creation”, critics are saying that the order is unlikely to result in a boost to production or to create substantial numbers of jobs.
Christy Goldfuss, an energy expert at the Center for American Progress and Co-developer of Obama’s climate action plan said that “The executive order today is not going to bring back coal jobs, the market is just not demanding coal here in the United States. The resurgence of natural gas is really driving our entire economy when it comes to energy right now, not to mention renewables that have come on board in a hugely affordable manner.”
She explained that the lucrative prospect in natural gas and cheap renewable energy led to the decline in the US coal industry.
EFFECT ON THE WORLD.
The signed order focuses on US domestic policies but it will definitely have effect around the world.
This move would have a negative effect on climate change, now more than ever that people are clamouring for policies that would positively affect the condition of the climate.
The new signed order would just be another problem to the cause of issues like increase in ocean temperature, increase in world temperature , fast warming of the article region, dying barrier reefs and many other effects that climate change deniers deny.
The new signed order will likely send a wrong signal to other countries that look up to the US in the issue of reducing carbon emmision.
“It might send a bad signal to some countries which may loosen their efforts seeing that the US isn’t decarbonizing, but I expect most to carry on with the plans they have been developing for some time — as innovation and cost reduction continue they will find it easier and less costly to reduce their emissions,” said Ajay Gambhir.
If the US does not hold true to what was agreed in Obama’s administration to combat climate change, other countries might sieze the oppurtunity not to fulfill their own part of the deal.
With this move, the US might be perceived as dropping down from the driver seat in the combat against climate change.
If the US drops the leadership mantle who will pick it up? Europe, China, UK, perhaps Africa?