Before he was elected, Trump released an action plan for his first 100 days in the White House. They make a concerning read, for many reasons, and it will be up to the rest of the political system to provide the checks and balances to ensure radicalism does not prevail. We live in a post truth world however, and I honestly now believe that anything is possible.
What did he list in terms of matters that would affect the environment and climate?
I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
Trump’s anti-climate change views are well known. However, his plans would endanger not just the US but the rest of the world, going back on previous climate agreements and massively increasing the rate of emissions.
I will lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
The Obama administration blocked the construction of the northern stretch of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Climate activists are rightly concerned that Trump will move in the other direction and millions of new gallons of oil will be removed and ultimately add to the climate problem.
I will cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
Trump makes it as clear as glass here that he does not believe in the international climate change project.
These pledges should be of serious concern to the world. With a Republican Congress, traditionally sceptical when it comes to climate matters, the likelihood is that he will be successful on these fronts.
The rest of his agenda is equally concerning. Trump intends to remove any ounce of progression that Obama made, including the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He will fight to deport illegal immigrants (perfectly legal but will there also be a rise in pressure to remove other ‘undesirables’?), massively reduce taxes for the middle classes at the expense of the poor, and of course, famously, build that wall on the Mexican border.
They are interesting times ahead. We can but watch from the sidelines to see how it will all pan out.