Trump’s Environmental Policy is Anything But America First

Tyler Davis (12th), Reporter

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President Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, 2017 brought much more than a new face to the oval office, it brought about a slew of new governmental policies that will bring a tidal wave of radical changes to the federal government’s ideologies and principles.

With all of the recent fuss over some of President Trump’s other policies in the past few weeks there has been one huge change that is being buried by the constant stream of news from the rest of the White House.

This change is known as President Trump’s America First Energy Plan. To give a brief summary of the plan, President Trump wants to decrease our dependence on foreign sources of energy and focus on domestic coal, gas, and oil industries while forgoing the important environmental safety regulations of our energy industry.

The White House website clearly states:

“President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.”

Lifting these regulations would do nothing but bring harm to the environment which we desperately need to protect in the coming years.

After this previous statement the plan has the audacity to state:

“Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority.”

The whole plan is vigorously against green energy sources and regulations but it tries to save face towards the very end.

While President Trump is focused on the coal, gas, and oil industries of the United States, we will fall to the wayside as other countries focus more and more on greener sources of energy production.

Recently it has been increasingly apparent that China is going to become the world’s leading source of clean energy sources. With that giant on the horizon President Trump needs to refocus his efforts on improving our own forms of green energy production before we are left in the dust and have to rely on other countries for their green energy technologies.
Trump is a business man so of course his main concern will be the United States’ economy but in doing so he will be sacrificing the delicate structure of our nation’s environment in favor of a short sighted plan for the future.

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