US President to kill the environment heritage of his predecessor

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which launched the beginning of the dismantling of Obama’s legacy on climate change. He wants to end what he called a “crushing attack” on the U.S. economy by putting an end to what he calls a « coal war »… That is his biggest blow yet to former his predecessor’s climate change policies. 

Advised by unprogresstists councillers like EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt who declared recently on national TV that carbon dioxide is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see”, a statement that is at odds with the conclusions of the vast majority of climate scientists, including those at his own agency.

Using his classical rhetoric, Trump explained his gesture only by the economic benefits of it: “Together we will create millions of good American jobs, also so many energy jobs, and really lead to unbelievable prosperity”. Adding the US would have « clean coal », he shows there his lack of knowledge on energy topics. Coal can only be dirty and is an energy of the past.

Only renewable energies represent long-term jobs. To be settled, the energy transition needs certainty and stability for investors to launch it. Trump administration is far from providing it and its first actions seems to unveil a dark and dirty future for energy. The only thing we can hope now is a response from the progressist American civil society.

 


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