President Donald Trump announced he would end the Obama administration’s climate plan and water pollution rules in one of the first acts, but pretending a problem does not exist will not prevent it from killing you.
The clean water rule Trump repealed seeks to limit contamination from mountaintop mining and coal-waste dams to wetlands, so drinking water, streams and waterways are no longer protected by federal law.
Trump also signed executive actions to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, reversing decisions made by the Obama administration and setting off a clash with environmental activists who vehemently oppose the projects.
Turning Earth into a barren, lifeless hell like Venus won’t stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health but by denying that climate change is real, we can kill future generations without paying more immediate costs or using common sense.
Hurricanes will become stronger, droughts and heat waves will be more intense as global climate change results in loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves. But small changes in temperature correspond to enormous changes in the environment.
Carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping gas released through human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, is at 405.25 parts per million (ppm). The safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million.
The only way to get back to safe levels is immediately transitioning the global economy away from fossil fuels and into into renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable farming practices.
If you care about the future of life on Earth, you should know Trump is not going to save the world. He seems intent on destroying life instead.
We’re seeing the deadly effects of climate change in the form of rising seas, monster storms, wildfires, and extreme weather of all kinds. Passing 400 ppm is an ominous sign of what might come next.
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