Sad and Angry
Even though it is no surprise, I am quite undone by Tuesday’s Executive Order which rolls back most of Obama’s policies to fight climate change by reducing emissions from fossil fuel. Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the accepted scientific reality of global warming is baffling to me. Does he think that ignoring inconvenient information is enough to protect us from it? (See the NY Times editorial ‘President Trump Risks the Planet‘)
I feel sad, helpless and angry.
I sent a personal email to the White House and though it felt rather small, I suppose a snowflake doesn’t feel of much account when it descends—but enough of them together can easily close down business as usual.
I also went to the Sierra Club web site and sent another email from there. (And in the process put myself on one of their email lists.) The Sierra Club site had some small sliver an encouraging perspective:
Only an outpouring of public outrage can help turn the tide and defend the climate. We’ve seen it happen with the attempted Muslim ban, and we saw it last week with the disastrous attempt to repeal health care reform.
The good news is, Trump can’t just wish the Clean Power Plan away. Over a million Americans submitted public comments supporting it, and thousands rallied and testified at listening sessions and public hearings. EPA will have to go through the same process to turn back the clock.
EPA is also obligated to reduce carbon and other climate-disrupting pollutants because of their previous “endangerment finding” and orders from the Supreme Court, like in Massachusetts v. EPA.
Trump and Pruitt will try to pull a fast one with the climate, but we won’t let them. Send a message to them now demanding they keep the Clean Power Plan in place or replace it with something that reduces carbon emissions even more. Stand up, together, and we can defend our progress on climate change and continue our climate leadership.
Only by acting individually and together can we reverse the course of Trump’s stated intention to gut these many (and still rather minimal) protections to our environment.