For at least three decades scientists and environmental activists have been warning (although inaccurately) that the world is on the verge of a global warming “apocalypse” that will flood coastal cities, tear up roads and bridges with mega-storms and bring widespread famine and misery to much of the world. How will the environment fair under Trump's presidency?
*UPDATE: Under Trump America's CO2 emissions hit a 67 year low and carbon dioxide emissions is reduced by 41.8 million tons from 2016 to 2017 which is the largest decline in CO2 emissions in the world. The earth's ozone layer shrunk to a record low in 2017. The EPA hit a 13-year high in deleting toxic "superfund sites". A record setting number of companies and auctions sales of offshore wind leases as Trump pushes green technology. The earth is greener than it was 20 years ago. One of the fastest-shrinking glaciers on Earth is now growing again.
Note: The U.S. makes up less than 1% of the world's ocean plastic and yet is the world's third most populated country. In fact five Asian countries—China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam—are dumping more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined.
1/24/17: President Donald Trump signed an executive order advancing both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. In doing so, Trump kept one of his many campaign promises and also guaranteed creation of many new jobs. So the move was good for the jobs industry, economy and energy sector. And we lay out the case on our Energy Page why we believe oil drilling is currently the most effective energy solution. But as far as the environment is concerned? That still remains to be seen. Unfortunately there have been too many pipeline accidents in America in just the last 16 years (start of the the 21st century). Hopefully there are no accidents with these two new pipelines. However the actions of the pipeline protesters should be mentioned. Not only did they set over 20 fires, including burning two children, they also left massive amounts of garbage at the very site they were protesting to protect.
2/1/17: The money began rolling in to the environmental groups immediately after Donald Trump won the presidential election last November. President Trump is proving to be a bonanza for the bottom line of environmental groups everywhere. Although the reason for this is probably not what you think.
2/16:17: Trump signs repeal of Obama's coal mining regulations. Again, the good news here is that President Trump kept his promise and will save many jobs for the American people. Jump over to our Jobs Page to see the effect this action has on the jobs industry. However, let's face it. Coal is bad for the environment. Coal contains sulfur and other elements, including dangerous metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic, that escape into the air when coal is burned. Burning coal also produces particulates that increase air pollution and health dangers. But by far, the biggest problem is the enormous amount of carbon dioxide emitted. According to the EPA, coal contributes 31 percent of all CO2, the largest of any source. Coal mining is the second highest emitter of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. and its emissions is linked to increased rates of asthma and lung cancer. Although clean coal technology is being developed that technology isn't coming fast enough to help reduce the current negative affects coal has on the environment.
4/3/17: President Trump donated his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service. The National Park Service is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all U.S. national parks, many American national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.
4/26/17: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development. Although this move will most likely help the economy, the effects on the enviornment remains to be seen. National monuments have always been an important aspect of the American environment. There is a very delicate balance bewteen building without hurting the environment. Only time will tell the end result of this executive order.
6/1/17: President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement citing he was elected to represent "the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris'. Why was this the right decision?
1: American mayors and businesses have already made committments to cut emissions. Growing the federal government to attempt a task that local entities are already doing is simply redundant and too costly.
2: The agreement, although would ultimately cost America trillions of dollars, would have essentially no impact – postponing warming by less than four years by 2100 and by a grand total of just three tenths of one degree (0.023 degrees Fahrenheit). Simply put..the results are negligible but the cost is extensive.
3: James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, called Paris Agreement 'a fraud'
See more on President Trump's decision on our TRADE page.
8/20/17: The Trump administration reversed an Obama era ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America’s most famous national parks, including the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service, responsible for America’s most celebrated wilderness areas, announced the change in a press release that closely echoed lobbyists’ arguments against the ban. “It should be up to our visitors to decide how best to keep themselves and their families hydrated during a visit to a national park, particularly during hot summer visitation periods,” said the acting National Park Service director, Michael Reynolds. He said parks would continue to encourage people to use free bottle filling stations, “as appropriate”. We disagree with Trump's decision here. Unfortuntaley just too many people litter the earth, and parks, with grabage including plastic bottles. Plastic especially is bad for the enviornnment because it does not biodegrade. Plastic bottles at the Grand Canyon alone comprised 20% of waste, and 30% of the park’s recyclable waste. Plastic bottles were also a major contributor to trash that ended up along walkways and “below the rim” of the landmark canyon.
10/12/17: President Trump's EPA dept announced plans to do away with a major Obama-era environmental initiative to combat global warming, the 2015 Clean Power Plan. The initiative would have required electric utilities to reduce carbon emissions by about a third by 2030 compared to what they were in 2005. "The war on coal is over," head of EPA Scott Pruitt declared. "The past administration was using every bit of power and authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers and how we generate electricity in this country. That's wrong." Jobs in the coal industry fell by about 40% during Obama's time in office. Nearly half of all the states (24) wanted to stop the Clean Power Plan via a lawsuit because they believe it’s an illegal attempt to “reorganize the nation’s energy grid” and an attack on the coal industry that will lead to higher electricity costs, even though the EPA says the plan will lead to lower electric power bills for homeowners.
11/22/17: President Trump keeps the elephant trophy import ban in place after halting a decision by the Fish and WildLife Service that had lifted an Obama-era ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
12/4/17: Trump signed two presidential proclamations shrinking the size of Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80% and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45%, fundamentally reshaping the two large national monuments. Past administrations, Trump said, thought "the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They are wrong." While such designations may sound good on the surface, in reality they have strained land management budgets and limited public access to monuments.The Trump administration went on the ground listening to those who beared the burden of these decisions – unlike the Clinton and Obama administrations, which showed little interest in talking to local people before locking up millions of acres of land around them. Trump gave the land back to the people and out of the Washington, DC swamp.
5/18/18: President Trump started his own government-wide environmental sustainability and energy efficiency program through an executive order. The order directs federal agencies to manage their buildings, vehicles, and overall operations in order to "optimize energy and environmental performance, reduce waste, and cut costs." It also calls on the White House Council of Environmental Quality to streamline pre-existing environmental orders by "refocusing agencies on cost-effectively meeting mandates and goals" established by law, as opposed to executive fiat.
12/7/18: President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including a Florida project intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied beaches.
12/21/18: President Trump signed an executive order aimed at preventing catastrophic wildfires by directing the Interior and Agriculture departments to develop plans to remove brush and dead trees on millions of acres of federally owned land.
The creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
3/25/19: One of the fastest-shrinking glaciers on Earth is now growing again. The Jakobshavn (YA-cob-shawv-en) glacier around 2012 was retreating about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and thinning nearly 130 feet (almost 40 meters) annually. But it started growing again at about the same rate in the past two years, according to a study in Monday’s Nature Geoscience.