Whatever happens at the top of any administration gradually but surely trickles down. Trump’s denial of climate change is growing the population of Americans who also think that climate change is a hoax. For some time now, leading scientists have strengthened their claim that the earth is warming and that human activities are the cause. Obama administration prioritized the fight for against climate change but Trump administration thinks otherwise.
President Trump made his intentions clear before ever setting foot in the white house. The problem was that many Americans did not think he was serious about most of the things he said. Several times in the past, President Trump has used different demeaning terms – hoax, bullshit – to qualify climate change. Last year, during the Fox and Friends, he referred to climate change as a tax.
“Well, I think the climate change is just a very very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change. I’d be – received environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change. They burn everything you can burn; they couldn’t care less. They have very – you know, their standards are nothing. But they – in the meantime, they can undercut us on price. So it’s very hard on our business.”
You can have a look at some other quotes from Donald Trump denying the existence of climate change here. In many of President Trump’s rants about climate change, he had referred to it as a ploy by China to “make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”. He has also accused China of not doing enough to combat climate change. However, China made one of the landmark announcements that will alter the global auto market forever. Recently, China gave hints that it will join Britain and France to stop the manufacture and sale of petrol and diesel vehicle soon.
The United States is a big figure on the global scene. Many nations model their regulations based on what is prevalent in the United States. President Trump’s denial of climate change risks ruffling the belief and resolve of some of the countries that look up to the United States. Recently, president Trump pulled out of the Paris accord of 2015, a move that has generated wide condemnation across the globe.
Trump’s denial of climate change also means that he will continue to make policies that put the environment at risk. For example, President Trump has been promising coal miners a resurgence in the job market right from his presidential campaign – but have always been mum on providing specifics on how he intends to do that. In reality, there are about 70,000 Americans working in the coal sector. According to former New York City Mayor, Mike Bloomberg,
“There is nothing that is going to save coal miner’s jobs, they will continue to decline as technology gets better.”