Many called out President Donald Trump’s unyielding devotion to oil and gas.
Trump administration does *not* represent the United States on global climate issues. Trump represents the interests of Russia, Saudi Arabia, and oil donors. Trump will not be gone soon enough. Greed trumps science. https://t.co/uAdMvr3auH
— Elaina McCartney (@fisheye_view) December 10, 2018
Golly, one would think they all have vested interests in selling oil, the more the better!
"United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming…..https://t.co/SmsK0biHO8
— Nuke Submariner (@subsalr) December 10, 2018
If you follow climate and oil politics, then you know the US, Russia, and Saudi are the big 3 producers of both fossil fuels, and internal climate denial.
Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas – The Washington Post https://t.co/y6mZlOSMjP
— SlowMoney Green (@SlowMoneyGreen) December 10, 2018
The Trump administration’s inaction has worsened domestically as well. The President publicly doubted the conclusions reached by 13 agencies of his own government in the Fourth National Climate Change Assessment, which also warned of the urgent need for action lest the United States economy decrease by 10%.
The president’s justification didn’t inspire much hope:
“You’re going to have to have China, and Japan, and all of Asia, and all of these other countries – you know, [the report] addresses our country. Right now, we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been, and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good. So, I want clean air, I want clean water – very important.”
Fortunately, future Democratic lawmakers are gearing up in an effort to save the planet from the President. Incoming Democratic Representative from New York’s 14th District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has made passing sweeping climate change reforms – or a Green New Deal – her top priority, and support for the effort within the House of Representatives is quickly building.
Let’s hope that Republican support for these efforts rises before the tides do.