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Donald Trump seems to have taken these globally praised lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen straight to the heart. Not only does he fail to admit that global warming is as real as Muslims who are not terrorists, he calls the concept ‘a total hoax’. Naturally, a question that arises in one’s mind is if Trump’s presidency could actually have drastic impacts on the environment. Let’s consider his ideas (a psychologist might better define them as delusions) about environment and energy agendas.
The latest report from the United Nations states unequivocally that human influence on the climate system is already affecting all continents — reducing grain yields, producing life-threatening water shortages severe storms and costing human lives. The report says, “We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within 2 C of warming closes.”
Going against rationality with hair-flipping styles, Donald Trump wants to renegotiate the Paris climate agreement, a historic initiative taken by the UN members in 2016 to tackle global warming and greenhouse emissions, and withdraw USA’s global leadership in this endeavour. Trump told Reuters, “At a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else.”
Another scheme in Trump’s mind is to reopen coal mines and restart the use of coal as fuel. The denizens of the global community were imbeciles to not guess the genius behind this move. We should have understood that Mr. Donald Trump relates to world’s dirtiest fuel in all capacities. Coal is polluting. Well, so is Donald Trump. The writer does not want to stop giving credit to the President just yet but rather, wants the readers to consider Trump’s sincere efforts to make the lives of mine workers prosper. Trump says, “We’re gonna put the miners back to work. We’re gonna put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines open.” The largest U.S. coal company just filed for bankruptcy. It is one of 50 coal-industry bankruptcies since 2012. While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels. Instead of supporting a just transition for coal workers by investing in helping them become part of the clean energy economy, Mr. Donald Trump wants to dig up the ghosts of the past. Understandably so, considering he loves gifting nightmares to the global community.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps the air safe to breathe and water safe to drink — putting forth important safeguards for the healthcare of communities. Like a rebellious teenager, Trump does not want to go by the rules for safety. A highlight of the several conspiracies that surround Trump’s concepts of administration, calling EPA’s work a disgrace, he wants to cut down their funding and possibly stop their functionality.
Trump cut down about 500 trees so that his Virginia golf course could have more than a “little glimpse” of the river. His New Jersey golf course has been cited for a “string of violations.” One luxury development in Scotland left the local community without water for years. Trump clearly cares more about the fate of his golf courses than the health of the millions of families affected by the climate crisis. The writer is perplexed by his love for properties. A man like Donald Trump should quite easily understand that there is no immediate need to maintain a golf course to use a six-iron in peace.
Trump’s reckless and dangerous agenda on the environment is based more on reality TV than actual reality. Maybe a polar bear, as white as Trump, could convince him of his irrationality but unfortunately it would not be able to cross the wall that POTUS plans to build to prevent the entry of immigrants. Only time will reveal the fate destined for USA. Sitting halfway across the world, the writer wishes that only climatic catastrophe is kept at bay, not immigrants.
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