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

Summary of Article: After the 2016 Presidential Election, scientists and journalists are beginning to uncover and question some of President-Elect Trump's beliefs: “A Trump administration will have the ability to weaken or do away with many of the policies surrounding global warming.” During his campaign, Trump said he would get rid of the Clean Power Plan, a national limit on carbon pollution produced from power plants, which the supreme court suspended earlier this year. The administration is predicted to move against actions made under Obama, and start lowering and slowing down federal action.

Analysis: On August 3, 2015, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Much of the country agreed to this and also pledged to lower its share to 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Continued: Andrew Jones, co-director and co-founder of Climate Interactive, says that reducing emissions requires a number of strategies. “The challenge is the potential lack of bold leadership globally at a time when the world needs increased ambition to reduce emissions…” If President-Elect Trump removes this policy, it could lead to an increase in global temperatures and have a massive impact on the environment.

Big Takeaway: I choose to write about this specific article because this past election really affected me. Though I don't support the Trump, I am curious and excited to see what he will do for the America. After reading this article I realized the colossal impact one person can have on an environment. If Trump removes all of President Obamas policies, global temperatures will increase and become a harmful threat to s

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