Trump would ignore the climate crisis

He would appoint a climate denier to run the EPA, or just eliminate the EPA altogether.

Photo: Donald Trump. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The severity of our global climate crisis is undeniable. Unless you’re Donald Trump. So if you care about protecting our planet, vote to keep Trump out of the White House tomorrow.

For most of this election, Trump’s main environmental policy has been “eliminate the EPA.” Along with most Republicans, Trump has bought into the idea that environmental protection regulations are more dangerous than the worldwide destruction that rising sea levels will cause if we don’t take major action to stop it.

Trump has backed away from his idea to end the Environmental Protection Agency lately. Instead, he has appointed Myron Ebell to figure out who will run the EPA. Ebell has said that warnings about climate change are “alarmism.” He opposes the Obama Clean Power Plan and wants the U.S. to back out of the Paris Climate Change agreement signed last year.

Beyond climate change, Trump has said that asbestos isn’t dangerous (it causes mesothelioma), argued to allow businesses to take land from regular homeowners and complained that he “will never go” to the Ringling Brothers circuses because they adopted a policy that treats elephants humanely.

It’s clear from every single ounce of his being that Donald Trump will ignore any scientific or moral truth if it stands in the way of his own personal gain.

But you have a better choice when you go to the polls on Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton’s climate change plan is the most ambitious ever proposed by a major party nominee. The Democratic Party platform on climate change is equally ambitious.

Her proposal is simple: (1) “generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America” by installing 500 million solar panels by 2021, (2) cut energy waste by ⅓ to make our power grid more efficient and (3) reduce oil consumption by ⅓ through cleaner, more efficient cars.

The end goal of this proposal is to reduce emissions by 30% by 2025 (relative to 2005 levels) and set the country on a path to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.

If you want this country to address the climate crisis, the choice could not be clearer. Keep Donald Trump out of the White House, and keep climate deniers away from the EPA.

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