How Trump Can Influence Climate Change By: JASMINE C. LEE and ADAM PEARCE

Summary: Currently, at the “business as usual” level, the United States net emissions for greenhouse gases could reach 6.9 gigations by 2025. In 2015, the United States (along with 195 other nations) pledged to lower its share of emissions to 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Many strategies were put in place to reach the goal. The U.S. is 5 percent of the way to the pledge already with the California state policy on greenhouse gases. In addition to that, federal regulations governing energy efficiency, hydrofluorocarbons and pollution from methane and others gases has the potential to contribute another 31 percent. A large part of this pledge relies on a policy put into place under the Obama administration, called Clean Power Plan, that will conduct power plants toward renewable energy.

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The problem is that the Trump administration will have the ability to weaken or even do away with many of these policies. The Supreme Court suspended his idea of getting rid of the Clean Power Plan and to take the U.S. out of the PAris agreement. But, he could do things like limit the budget of the E.P.A or slow progress on federal actions. He made a big when choosing Scott Pruitt, an ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environment Protection Agency. He is signaling at the fact that he may take away the actions Obama put forward on the topic of climate change.

Estimated global emissions in 2025 (Paris Pledge)
Estimated global emissions in 2025 (Business as usual)

Analysis: This content is noteworthy because the United States is currently the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter- China being the first. If the U.S. doesn’t fulfill its pledge, the world may not be able to slow down the increase in global temperatures. Technically other nations are not planning to back out of their pledges even if the U.S. does back out, but the problem is no one knows how much developing countries will be able to do. The United States plays a critical role in assisting the poorer countries. Developed nations agreed to give $100 billion a year by 2020- the United States being included in that.

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No matter what, the country should still hold hope. The energy markets are still currently shifting, coal power has been declining while wind and solar power use have made gain recently. Last summer, California strengthened policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In November of 2016, more than 300 companies called for the U.S. to continue with its emission reduction plans.

Big takeaway: I picked this article based on the title and the relevance is has right now. The new president is making lots of big, rash decisions that I feel will greatly (and negatively) affect the United States and the world. I hope to learn that President Trump makes the best decisions he can to help to the U.S. This topic is serious and quite scary. His decisions affect millions of people and I hope the United States does nothing but continuing to advance in the right direction no matter who is the president.

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