In a speech to the New York Economic Club on Sept. 15, Donald Trump indicated his administration would be “scrapping the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. … A Trump administration will lift restrictions on all sources of American energy production.” Such statements suggest a lack of concern for observations of the global scientific community and the member states of the United Nations.
For example, in January 2015, NASA reported: “The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998.” Also, on July 19, 2016, NASA reported: “Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record.” Other ominous NASA reports contain similar data on rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers, ocean acidification, increasing concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases, and more.
The UN reports 28 (including the United States and China) of the necessary 55 participating parties in the Framework Convention on Climate Change (last December’s Paris Agreement) have ratified the agreement. This represents 39.08 percent of the required 55 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases for the agreement to “enter into force.” Additional ratifications are expected at the UN soon.
Thus, the nations of the world are working to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, while Mr. Trump favors the opposite path — which would be exceedingly detrimental to you and other life on earth.