People have warned that Donald Trump’s endorsement of nuclear proliferation could be catastrophic for the planet. Yet some say that a nuclear holocaust is unlikely, and the result of liberals over-reacting to Donald Trump. However there is no way that anyone can deny the danger that America is ALREADY facing, and Trump will simply make it worse. It’s called climate change, and Trump says it’s a “hoax.”
2016 is predicted to be hottest year ever. If every year of the Trump presidency is the hottest on record, he would go down in history as the “Hottest President Ever!” The data out of the Arctic right now is terrifying: Over the last two months, temperatures have been as much as 36 degrees above normal. A chunk of ice the size of India has disappeared from the polar ice caps this year. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years on record have come since 2000.
Trump vowed to renege on U.S. commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement, undo Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and dismantle the EPA. His decisions made so far in this transitional period do not indicate anything different. Trump has assembled an energy and environment team that includes a climate-denier to head the EPA transition and executives from major fracking and oil companies.
A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. She warned that his threat to scrap climate protection policies puts the world’s future at risk.
Ms Todd Whitman was interviewed on Trump’s likely policies for a documentary – Climate Change: the Trump Card – which airs on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 on Tuesday.
She said: “I find it very worrisome that there seems to be a disdain for the science on protecting the environment.
“I worry terribly for the future of my family and families round the world because Mother Nature has never observed geopolitical boundaries and what one country does really does affect another country.
“To walk away from something where you have 97% of scientists saying this is occurring and people have an impact on it … it’s gotten to the point where we’ve got to try to slow it down if we’re going to survive it.”
Trump’s picks for Cabinet posts have alarmed scientists. Several of them have cast doubt on climate science. Rick Perry, the nominee for Energy Secretary, who has in the past argued for the abolition of the Department of Energy, he is about to lead.
The choice for head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt, who wants to scrap the clean power program which is the basis for America’s pledge to the UN to curb CO2 emissions.
Mr Trump’s pick for Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, head of oil giant Exxon Mobil, which is being investigated for allegedly misleading its shareholders over risks to the climate. Nick Loris from the libertarian Heritage Foundation told BBC News: “Scott Pruitt has led the charge against an overly aggressive EPA – an agency that’s run wild, rampantly, with excessive regulations that are devoid of any meaningful environmental benefit.
“He wants to return environmental protection down to the state level where a lot of our environmental challenges can better be solved,” he added.