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War On the EPA Under a Trump Presidency

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With the outcome of the recent presidential election, many people have been wondering how Donald Trump will change the United States. One issue that seemed to be overlooked in the election process was the environment. As global warming becomes a more pressing issue, we must ask ourselves, what will our future look like? President Trump plans to implement a sharp policy regarding the environment. Coming from a man who referred to climate change as a “hoax,” there is reason to doubt his new environmental policy. First, he has appointed a man named Myron Ebell as the head for the transition of the Environmental Protection Agency. Maybe a change in the EPA could be a good thing for the environment… well it might be a good thing if Trump’s plan was not to cut out the EPA “in almost every form.” Ebell is also a part of the climate change nonbelievers. He even goes so far as to say the warming caused by gas emissions would be modest and possibly beneficial. Coming from someone who Vanity Fair called “an oil industry mouthpiece,” Ebell may not be the best choice for the future of the environment. And with Sarah Palin as the main candidate for Secretary of the Interior, Trump’s team for protecting the environment appears inadequate to do anything good. Former President Barack Obama implemented various environmental policies during his time in office. In his Clean Power Plan, Obama had a goal of reducing power plant emissions by 32% from 2005 to 2030. This was an ambitious goal for America, but Obama promised this during the Paris Agreement of 2015, which was a group of countries coming together to try and stave off the dreaded tipping point of global warming (an increase of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)*. With Trump’s new environmental policy, however, he plans to remove the United States from the Paris agreement and thus destroying all possibility of reaching climate goals. The US emits the second most amount of pollution behind China in the Paris Agreement, and if we pull out of the agreement, there is almost no chance to reverse the climate’s course. It may be easy to have a pessimistic outlook on the future of the environment because of the decisions of a few people. While one person may be making major decisions for the environment in a detrimental way, it is not enough to just criticize them and give up. Everyone has some impact on the Earth, and it is up to each one of us to live in a sustainable way to give our climate the change it needs. A

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