Earth Day Under The Trump Administration

By Sydney Mahl

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This past weekend, thousands of scientists marched on Washington D.C. in a protest called March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day. The march protested Trump’s budget cuts in the science sector, in addition to his disregard for climate change. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of Trump’s environmental policies and actions:


The Paris Agreement:


Trump has said that he would like to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the global temperature rise to below 2°C. Since the US is responsible for about 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, our withdrawal would be a large blow to the goals of the Paris Agreement.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):


In 2016, Trump chose Attorney General of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Pruitt, despite being the top environmental official in the US, has staunchly denied the science behind climate change. While this may not concern Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax”, it has outraged scientists and Pruitt’s EPA predecessor, Gina McCarthy. Trump has also proposed to cut the EPA’s funding by 31%, a massive percentage.


Clean Power Plan:


The Clean Power Plan was spearheaded by the Obama administration in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. To combat these efforts, last month Trump signed an executive order to reduce the environmental policies from the Obama administration and fully review the Clean Power Plan. The order also lifts the ban on coal mining on federal land to rally coal miners, but in reality, it will not provide many jobs.


Climate change is a hoax:


Famously true to his horrible social media management, Trump tweeted in 2012 that climate change is a hoax designed by the Chinese, which he later claimed was a joke. Not funny, dude. Additionally, while campaigning for the Republican nomination, Trump said he believes that human activity is not the cause of climate change.



I’m not sure what the next four years will look like, but I’d like to leave you with a sculpture dubbed “Politicians Debating Global Warming” by street artist Isaac Cordal. Let’s hope Trump can swim.