This here is my first article writing for Berning Media, and I look forward to writing much more about current events, politics, and a load of other stuff as well!
I will write about Trump’s dismantling of the Environmental Protection Agency, and how it may affect our environment and country as a whole. The EPA is an omnipresent and ever so important agency in the protection of our planet. As the country that has the most global power, we must be a leader in the fight against climate change and we must work to move our world towards renewable energy. We were the first to the moon and we shall be the first world power to transform our energy system to protect the Earth from climate change. Read any scientific study that wasn’t funded by the fossil fuel companies and you will find that CO2 emissions are rising at an unprecedented level unlike any other period in history. The earth is changing at an alarming rate and we as a species are nearing the point of no return.
With our planet suffering, we can and should, lead the world in fighting an existential threat to all of the humanity. But when a country that can have a very powerful say in the battle, looks the other way, and its president believes China, made up climate change, to prevent the growth of the U.S. economy, there is much need for worry. The cuts proposed are a threat not just to the sustainability of our planet, but also to the water supply of many cities around the nation. The Government in the past has given 4 billion to the EPA for grants and other assistance programs to give to states. Since the beginning of the presidency, the money has been all frozen. The budget has been cut from 8.1 billion to 5.7 billion. The EPA took more cut in a budget than any other government agency, 38 programs will be eliminated. The department of research and development has been cut by 42% to nearly $250,000,000. This budget would discontinue the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan was put forward by the Obama Administration. Although this plan will make a mere dent in carbon emissions it does set reasonable goals for doubling fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks by 2025. The end to this plan shows just how delusional this administration is. It is still not certain how Trump will act on the Paris Climate Accords, but one thing that is certain about this presidency is that he is unpredictable. While the accords are a step in the right direction, they are still nowhere near the amount of effort the world must put into the global fight against climate change. Another troubling fact is that the budget will not let the EPA give grants to states to clean up brownfields. Brownfields are abandoned industrial lots that pose a risk to people living around them consisting of hazardous pollutants and contaminates. There are an estimated 450,000 brownfields nationwide. In addition, the colossal Chesapeake bay cleanup project’s budget has been lowered from $73,000,000 to just $5,000,000. Lastly, under the budget, Trump has stated he aims to remove the “Waters of the United States” rule under the Clean Water Act. The Obama Administration put the rule in in 2015 to clear up any confusion about the act and was there to protect the water supply of 117 million Americans. As the environmental group Earthjustice stated, Trump is “demonstrating that he puts the interests of corporate polluters above the public’s health.” I agree!
Most of you reading this know that Obama was not very effective in combating climate change during his presidency. However, there is no denying that he had moved us in the right direction. President Trump rolling back the few things that the Obama Administration put forward in combating climate change is setting us back in the fight. If you look at the U.S. Constitution article 1, section 8, it states, “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” This is where I would love to see the “constitutionalist” wing of the Republican Party get involved. The effect the Industrial Revolution had on our global temperatures is a major scientific discovery. Richard Nixon was the president that created the EPA, and George H.W. Bush passed the Clean Water Act you can sense how drastically to the right, the Republican Party has moved. What we must do is organize, and express our opposition by getting on the phones, and calling our elected officials! There is nothing that can’t be accomplished when millions of people fight back and demand change! History proves it…
Writer: Alexander Dean