President Donald Trump’s March 28 Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth is but the latest in a series of rollbacks intended to dismantle the Obama administration's climate change policies.
Among other things, the order lifts a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands, removes restrictions on fracking on federal and tribal lands, directs the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan regulations designed to limit emissions from power plants, and eliminates the requirement that climate change be considered in federal environmental reviews and decision making.
We asked leading experts to weigh in on what the Trump rollbacks mean for climate change, and for the Paris Agreement in particular. Here are their thoughts.
Climate security work must continue in the Trump era Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security ProgramNew America
The Paris pledge is dead—if it was ever alive Danny Cullenward, Research Associate, Near Zero and the Carnegie Institution for Science
Trump’s order leaves communities vulnerable to climate impacts Alice Hill, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Ideology trumps science John P. Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Partisanship stands in the way of climate action Roger Pielke, Jr., Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado
Revenge politics: a loss for the American public Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Halley Professor of Physics, University of Oxford; member, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board
It’s time for other leaders to step forward Steven W. Running, Regents Professor of Ecology; Director of the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, University of Montana
Clean energy can continue to grow Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; member, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board
Trump administration takes us back to a tribal existence David Titley, Professor of Practice in Meteorology and Professor of International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University; member, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board
A remarkable achievement wiped out for no good reason Kevin Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Climate Analysis Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research
It is 30 seconds closer to midnight The Bulletin's Science and Security Board's 2017 Doomsday Clock Statement See what the board has to say about climate change
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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