By Fredrica Syren:
Wow, the first 100 days of the new administration has been quite a roller coaster, especially concerning the environment. President Trump has made so many drastic changes that have made us take a huge step back regarding the health of our planet and, therefore, our own health. As an environmental writer and activist and mom, it’s hard not to feel that we’re doomed and that resisting is pointless. But out of chaos, the fighting spirit is ignited and our survival skills are strengthening. President Trump signed an executive order that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Clean Power Plan that was put in place as an effort to combat climate change by limiting carbon emissions from power plants, and requiring states to cut down on overall emissions. Now, cities and states all over the U.S. have decided to take up the fight against climate change on their own. President Trump’s claim is that fighting global warming is too expensive and interferes with businesses’ ability to make money. However, many mayors, governors and business leaders disagree, and say that they plan to go ahead and drastically reduce carbon emissions because it makes sense for both the climate and the economy.
According to the Washington Post, 30 states so far have established standards that require utilities and power companies to sharply increase their reliance on renewable energy over the next decade or more.
Many Governors are not agreeing with new climate change policies. Here in California, Governor Jerry Brown has vowed that he will push forward with his state’s efforts to combat climate change, and shift to cleaner energy sources. And he is in good company with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
When it comes down to it, I guess the majority of Americans believe in the scientific data on global warming. I always say that we need all world leaders to take action, and here we have a few strong leaders willing to stand up and do the right thing because they see and hear the scientific proof about climate change, and are willing and able to fight.