When Donald Trump made the disappointing decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, many citizens mourned America’s dismissal from its place as a world leader. Trump’s gross disregard for the Earth, the United States’ role in preserving its resources, and the need for mandates around the toxic emissions that are eroding the planet and causing people to have pulmonary and other illnesses at record numbers, was not only a sign of his privilege, but also a reminder of his brazen ignorance.
As a result of Trump’s lack of concern for the environment, advocates and politicians alike have been calling for Trump to leave his post. In fact, Al Gore suggested that Trump “resign” immediately.
Unfortunately, Trump hasn’t resigned. In many cases he seems to be rebelling even harder. Just a few weeks ago it was reported that the Trump administration is now requiring government agencies to essentially dumb down their language regarding climate change and global warming, opting for terms that sound and feel better to Trump, as well as minimizing the seriousness of the problems.
Now, Trump has taken yet another step towards totally making it seem like the environment, climate change, and global warming are issues that don’t require concern. He axed a federal advisory committee on climate change.
The National Climate Assessment was a committee whose focus was supporting lawmakers and private parties through analyzing data related to climate change, as well as engaging in long-term planning. The group’s charter expires on Sunday, and on Friday, they learned that the Trump administration would not renew the committee.
Washington insiders assert that the National Climate Assessment’s findings, due out in 2018, don’t look good for the Trump administration and that is a major reason why he has decided not to renew their charter.
Richard Moss, Adjunct Professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences, expressed extreme concern about Trump’s decision to disband the group. He argued:
‘It doesn’t seem to be the best course of action. We’re going to be running huge risks here and possibly end up hurting the next generation’s economic prospects.’
Moss isn’t the only person with strong words for Trump. The Mayor of Seattle, WA, Ed Murray (D), asserted:
‘[This is] an example of the president not leading, and the president stepping away from reality. [Trump] has left us all individually to figure it out.’
As disappointing as Trump’s most recent move regarding the environment is, it should come as no surprise. Trump seems to get a kick out of changing the rules as he goes along and making policies fit his agenda, instead of making policies for the people he is supposed to represent.
A funny, but accurate commentary on the Trump administration and climate change, is below:
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