Don’t Worry, I’ll Pull Myself Together Again
I am one of those people who constantly find themselves reading articles because the title looks so damn interesting, yet knowing little to nothing of what I am reading. This frequently happens when I am reading articles about topics like the Trump administration or environmental issues.
Clickbait titles are definitely things that I have not armored myself against.
– DREW ALBO, 25 YRS OLD, SAN FRANCISCO CA
All that to say, the majority of the time I read these articles I have to do a lot of background research to fully understand the breadth of what was discussed. With the Trump administration constantly in the headlines, I have decided to take a look at the environmental impacts their administration has had and break them down for you and me, here.
I will preface this by saying, I am in no way an expert. I have no formal degree or training in this field beside volunteer work, but I am eager to learn as much as possible. In My Breakdowns, if there are facts that are misleading or untrue, or I am not fully understanding the information, please feel free to comment. I am really trying to come into this discussion with humility and eagerness to learn, this is just my way of doing it. I will provide links to all of the resources used and they will be located throughout the post and underlined.
If you are looking for a current list regarding all of the things the Trump administration has been doing environmentally, feel free to check it out the real professionals at National Geographic, Michael Greshko, Laura Parker, and Brian Clark Howard, who have been reporting on the environmental impact the Trump administration has had since he stepped in office.
Below are a list of the most recent environmental issues the Trump administration has been involved in, stay tuned for a Wednesday Weekly Breakdown regarding environmental issues across the globe.
TRUMP DROPS CLIMATE CHANGE FROM LIST OF NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS
Dec. 18, 2017
The Trump administration has stated that the U.S. isn’t going to address climate change as a national security threat, regardless of the Obama administration’s classification of it as an “urgent and growing threat towards national security.” Climate change will now be discussed within the context of U.S. energy, the Trump administration believes “the future of global energy demand…will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift people out of poverty.”
TRUMP UNVEILS PLAN TO DRAMATICALLY DOWNSIZE TWO NATIONAL MONUMENTS
Dec. 4, 2017
The Trump administration is reducing the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, created by President Barack Obama, by 85 percent——along with the 1.88 million acre Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, enacted by President Bill Clinton, in half.
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT PROPOSES LARGEST-EVER OIL AND GAS LEASE AUCTION
Oct. 23, 2017
The Department of Interior is proposing auctioning off oil and gas leases for 77 million acres of federal waters within the Gulf of Mexico. This outer continental shelf contains 48 billion barrels of oil and 141 trillion cubic feet of gas.
TRUMP EPA POISED TO SCRAP CLEAN POWER PLAN
Oct. 9, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated that he will sign the proposal to eliminate the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era proposal to combat climate change. He delivered his speech in Hazard, Kentucky an area whose economy is primarily built upon coal mining, Pruitt goes on to say, “the war on coal is over,” in an effort to contribute to the unemployment that coal miners have faced due to the CPP and other factors.
MINING HEALTH STUDY HALTED; CLIMATE ADVISORY PANEL DISBANDED
Aug. 22, 2017
There are so many environmental things happening caused by the Trump administration, it’s making me schvitz. Until he is out of office, I will just be sitting here SMDH at the growing list, and working hard towards discussing and finding solutions and programs that are working to combat these issues.