Climate Change has always been a heavily debated topic amongst politicians. And considering we’re coming down from the shock of an unprecedented election of President Trump, we must ask ourselves now more than ever “What new plans will the President have for our climate, solar energy initiatives and the environment?”
I think it’s safe to say that with Trump you can never be too sure how things will play out. He’s only been in office a few short weeks and some would say he’s caused quite a stir. At least we have a view of his potential thought process, thanks to his twitter account and comments in the media.
What Trump Said Before
In 2012 Trump tweeted “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Later, in defense of his comments on global warming and China on Fox & Friends, Trump stated:
Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change. I’d be — received environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change. They burn everything you could burn. . .
We’re not sure if it was a joke or not but in 2016, CNN reported on a President Trump interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace about his thoughts on climate change. Trump told Wallace “I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.”
And still, a lot of incomplete thoughts, and no sign of support for going green.
Of course, the refusal to believe in climate change is nothing new, and President trump is not alone. However most noted scientist acknowledge and stress that climate change is real. NASA claims that at least 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that climate warming trends are a result of human activity.
What Trump is Saying Now
Since being elected President Trump and his attitude about climate change has improved. . . somewhat. . .maybe?
According toTheAtlantic.com, shortly after his election Donald Trump stated when meeting with The New York Times, that “I think there is some connectivity” between humans and the changing climate. He has also been recently quoted saying he’s keeping “an open mind” on the issue. Though he may have contradicted that improvement by appointing Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, who has said in the past that the Department of Energy should be dismantled.
So, What Do We Do?
As environmentalist, we are already doing our part. Promoting solar energy and other green initiatives are major contributions to the political debate on climate change. The Washington Post notes that even though Trump and his administration have shown signs of trying to appeal the CPP (Obama’s Clean Power Plan), they can’t entirely reverse progress on climate change. “It may slow things, but the CPP won’t be repealed overnight. And many of the changes underway are simply not subject to federal authority.”
Right now, we can only wait and see what President Trump’s administration will do and until then, give them the benefit of the doubt. It has only been about a month since he took office and we hope that the abundance of unwavering scientific data, and effort for a cleaner environment will help us all get to mutual ground.