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Trump could adopt “repeal and pretend” tactic on climate change
President-elect Donald Trump will soon get the power to dismantle much of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to curb global warming and climate change by cutting carbon emissions; and he will likely have two options to choose from.
The potential two options about the Clean Power Plan are: “repeal and replace” or “repeal and pretend.” If he decides to go with the first option to replace the CPP, a market-based, revenue-neutral price on CO2 emissions would get proceeds back to all citizens while driving a revolution in the renewable energy jobs market.
But if Trump decides to go with the second option, he would “repeal and pretend” that global warming and the resultant climate change doesn’t exist. It may be noted here that Trump has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax” and vowed to cancel the Paris Agreement that aims to tackle the issue by cutting manmade carbon emissions.
Meanwhile, a group of climate scientists from Florida have sought a meeting with Trump while he’s in the state for celebrating the holidays. In a recently-written letter, ten climate scientists asked for a meeting with the President-elect to explain him the perils of sea rise and climate change.
The climate scientists wrote in the letter, “Much of your Mar-a-Lago Club could be under water in coming years because of man-made climate change. This is not a distant threat. Climate change is making an impact today.”
The transition team for Trump has also signaled that it will reverse the Obama administration’s efforts to research electrical grid enhancements and energy storage technologies. It would allow Trump to indirectly attack renewable energy by preventing it form accessing the grid.