Trump casts uncertainty over climate-change efforts in Maryland

Trump casts uncertainty over climate-change efforts in Maryland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Maryland state officials have been working for years to restore the Chesapeake Bay and fight back the adverse impacts of climate change, but the election of Donald Trump has cast uncertainty over the future of these efforts.

During his election campaign earlier this year, Trump repeatedly called global warming and the resultant climate change a “hoax,” and vowed to withdraw the nation from the Paris Agreement that aims to cope with climate change by cutting manmade carbon emissions.

Anthony Scaramucci, a key member of the Trump’s transition team executive committee, recently turned heads by arguing that scientific studies blaming humans for climate change may be wrong as once there was an overpowering science claiming that Earth was flat.

Neil Leary, the director of Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education,, said, “The signals from the Trump administration ... suggest that he is going to backtrack on climate policy on just about every front. It’s looking like the U.S. is not going to be taking much action on climate change.”

Trump recently appointed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief of the EPA. Pruitt has long been an opponent of President Barack Obama’s climate policies. Once, he even sued the government to guard coal-fired electricity plants.

However, experts say that Trump and other detractors of climate change will face really tough challenges from environmental groups to undo any climate policies of the Obama administration.