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Within his first week of presidency, Donald Trump has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to take down its whole web page having to do with climate change. These links include the impacts of climate change, the causes of climate change, and what you as a bystander can do to help the cause. Because Trump is an outspoken climate change doubter, the next four years could be filled with controversy and pollution as he does whatever he can to stop the uproar of climate change and global warming.
Unlike many other decisions that United States political figures must make for their citizens, climate change is one that is effecting more than just the 300 million residents of the country. The United States being one of the biggest super powers in the world has the potential to help save 7 billion people around the world if it takes the right steps in advancement of fixing pollution problems. Carbon dioxide levels have already skyrocketed 125% (320 ppm to 400ppm) from just 1950, and with a world population of nearly five billion more people, that number will only continue to rise exponentially.
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Although looking back in history, climate change has been a problem for decades now, the topic has only come up for discussion and solution in the past few years. “If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear” says an EPA staffer. The world has just recently been able to convince people that climate change is very real and very scary. All of this effort could go to waste if we as one of the most influential countries leaves the problem behind. Not to mention the waste of billions of tax dollars that have gone towards the climate change awareness and prevention causes already.
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To add fuel to the fire, Trump has even chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator. Pruitt has filed 14 lawsuits against the EPA in the past, and there is currently no reason to believe that his attitude towards the agency has changed since the lawsuits. Needless to say, with Pruitt as the administrator of the EPA, the climate change cause may have taken two steps backwards here at the start of 2017.
In conclusion, if the United States and specifically Donald Trump want to make a change for the better in this world that the people will admire, they need to focus their attention tenfold toward the Environmental Protection Agency and specifically climate control. Tales say that Native Americans once felt that in whatever they did, they were responsible for how they left the land for the next seven generations. At the rate that we are cutting down trees and polluting the air we breathe, there will not be seven generations left on earth. If we as Americans truly care about the future of our country, of our children, and of our names, we must make changes before our actions become too late.
Please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s page on climate change before it gets taken down for good.
- Volcovici, Valerie. “Trump Administration Tells EPA to Cut Climate Page from Website: Sources.” Reuters. Reuters, 25 Jan. 2017. Web. 26 Jan. 2017.