Trump, global warming ?!
Climate change activists, more than anyone else, are shocked that Donald Trump has become the President of the United States. Most of these activists were hoping that Hillary Clinton would become the president, as she has been one of the biggest proponents of the theory of global warming, much like Barack Obama. Donald Trump, not so much.
Trump has denied the whole idea of climate change. Michael Mann, a climate researcher said, “A Trump presidency might be game over for the climate. It might make it impossible to stabilize planetary warming below dangerous levels.”
Kevin Trenberth of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, said “This is an unmitigated disaster for the planet.”
Trump has called global warming a hoax and the entire climate change theory as “bullshit”. “Under my administration,” Trump had said, “we’ll accomplish complete American energy independence. Complete. Imagine a world in which our foes, and the oil cartels, can no longer use energy as a weapon. It will happen. We’re going to win.”
Benjamin Schreiber, who is the climate director at Friends of the Earth US said, “Millions of Americans voted for a coal-loving climate denier willing to condemn people around the globe to poverty, famine and death from climate change. It seems undeniable that the United States will become a rogue state on climate change.”
Prof Tom Lyon of the University of Michigan’s business school said, “As president, Donald Trump will pretend climate change does not exist. This is an increasingly untenable position, even for committed climate skeptics.”
“His energy policy will encourage investment in high-carbon energy sources that will look foolish in retrospect. And he will anger much of the rest of the world by reneging on policies designed to address global challenges,” Prof Lyon added.
Environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club are scared. “This could be devastating for our climate and our future,” said Michael Brune of the Sierra Club. “But Trump must choose wisely or we guarantee him the hardest fight of his political life. We won’t be in a defensive crouch for the next four years, licking our wounds.”
“If he tries to go backwards on climate change he’ll run headlong into an organized mass of people who will fight him in the courts, in Congress and on the streets,” he added.
Rasmus Lauridsen, a one of the most respected climate change specialists in the world, who works at the European Investment Bank, said, “I hope that his rhetoric doesn match his actions. Ive read an analysis saying that people take what he says seriously, but not him seriously. Maybe we should do the opposite and disregard what he says.”
Famous environmentalist, former vice president Al Gore was more optimistic than others. He said, “Last night President-elect Trump said he wanted to be a president for all Americans. In that spirit, I hope that he will work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation.”
Author: Raghav Hegde – India
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