Climate Change in Trumpland


A brief look at Trump’s (anti) environmental actions during his first 100 days in office.

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it’s been over 100 days since Trump has
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moved into the Oval Office since then
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he’s been busy signing a slew of
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executive orders among which was in
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order to ban immigration from certain
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Muslim majority countries another that
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opened the floodgates for the
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construction of the Keystone XL pipeline
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Trump is taking so many hateful actions
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it can be hard to keep track so today
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we’re going to review the measures whose
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administration has taken related to
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climate regulation Trump’s
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anti-environmental agenda is fueled by a
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jobs first ideology which when
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considering the fact that American solar
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jobs have now surpassed the amount of
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coal jobs is a bit confusing there’s a
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consistent theme throughout Trump’s
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actions of slashing needed environmental
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regulation in order to bring back the
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jobs of an already declining fossil fuel
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industry by a crating environmental
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regulation and climate action with job
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loss campaigns himself as a hero but in
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reality the executive orders he is
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signed and the work done by Scott Pruett
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at the EPA has started to lead the
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United States down a dangerous path
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towards increased pollution and
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accelerated climate change so let’s
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start with Trump’s eighteenth executive
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order which he signed on March 28 the
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content of the order essentially demands
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the immediate review of all existing
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regulations orders guidance documents
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and policies that potentially burden the
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development or use of energy sources
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like oil natural gas coal and nuclear
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energy at the core of this executive
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order lies Trump and head of EPA scott
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pruett desire to rollback
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Obama’s signature clean energy plan
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which they see as an unnecessary burden
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on fossil fuel companies but would have
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put us well on our way towards meeting
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the Paris climate goals in 2025
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according to the New York Times in
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addition to this proposed limitation of
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measures to decrease rampant fossil fuel
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use Trump green-lighted both the
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Keystone XL and Dakota access pipelines
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just four days after his inauguration
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both these were significant
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battlegrounds for environmental justice
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during
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the Obama administration and we’re
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stalled by hard-fought protests and
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climate action but with these pipelines
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Trump once again boast that their
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construction will bring jobs and money
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to the American people yet in the case
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of the Keystone XL pipeline most of this
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deal will be imported from foreign
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companies according to TransCanada the
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company responsible for building the
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pipeline also pipeline leaks could
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severely harm water supplies and
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farmland in the Midwest which would
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eventually lead to a decrease in crop
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yield and good harm communities near the
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pipeline in conjunction with Trump’s
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more public actions EPA Administrator
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Scott Pruett has used his pulpit to
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continue to fuel the myth that there’s
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still debate about climate change in an
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interview he has claimed that co2 is not
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a primary contributor to the global
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warming that we see and has asserted on
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multiple occasions that we need that we
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need to continue debate to continue the
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review of analysis this is at odds with
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an overwhelming number of scientific
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studies
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unfortunately climate science research
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seems to have taken a backseat at the
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EPA under Scott Pruett even the EPA
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itself the United States is first guard
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for regulating and policing
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environmental issues is slowly being
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dismantled under the guise of a
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federalist transformation but really
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decreasing regulation benefits the
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fossil fuel industry an industry which
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Pruett continues to meet with regularly
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these are just a few noteworthy anti
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environmental actions of the Trump
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administration has taken within the
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first 100 days which doesn’t bode well
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for the next four years however even
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though it feels like the hard-won
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climate action gains are slipping away
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all is not lost
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there has been meaningful and important
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backlash both from concerned citizens
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and state governments New York and
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California among other states are
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adamantly committed towards building a
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renewable energy future in their efforts
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have led to tangible projects that
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create both jobs and a way to combat a
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fossil fuel and trench system as these
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states have and continue to show climate
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action does not mean an economic
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meltdown as Trump assumes in fact it’s
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an effective
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cool for creating more jobs better
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collective health and stronger
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communities thanks so much for watching
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the company ministrations environmental
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