Post # 1
I read through nearly all of the page of the latest Trump thread, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people that voiced concerns about climate change. I’m very pro science/climate so the thought of a Trump presidency terrifies me. I would love to hear what people think about the future of science, climate change, funding etc under Trump. This isn’t meant to bash on Trump or his supporters but to state the facts, to hopefully bring some hope.
I saw an article that made me really hopeful:
“Michael Wara, an environmental law professor at the Stanford Law School, said Trump could use his office to issue an executive communication removing the United States from Paris, but even if he did that, the United States would still be a party for four years and could be subject to its legally binding procedural commitments.”
So I’m wondering what will happen with other legislation and regulations (ex. clean air/water act)?
Post # 2
I am a supporter of science and the need to tackle climate change so I’m very concerned at Trump’s election.
I have no idea what Trump will do next. It’s very worrying.
Clutching at straws here but if Trump is found guilty in the Trump University case can he still be president?
Post # 3
It worries me a great deal. The US is already up there with the worst countries for CO2 emissions caused by agriculture and transport. Now to have someone as president who doesn’t see climate change as an issue?…
With the world heading how it was anyway, I fear that Trump could speed up that process and almost undo the work that conservationists are pushing for.
Post # 4
I believe Trump sees climate change as a hoax generated by the Chinese, but I think he’s just spouting a lot of hot air.
Post # 5
He’s already said he will dismantle the EPA, which will be a disaster but has long been a rallying cry of Tea Partiers, libertarians , and other “small government” types. Because of course when you remove the laws protecting the environment, big businesses will continue to do the right thing and protect the air and rivers even if it cuts into profits
fortunately it’s fairly easy to identify the green businesses in any community. As consumers, we should be prepared to take our business there, even if it costs a bit more.
Post # 6
Trump, along with people in his campaign, have said his major space goals are: 1) Re-direction of NASA budget toward deep space science. 2) Shifting focus away from climate change. 3) Implementation of human exploration beyond Mars/our Solar System. and 4) Making the American Military have a stronger presence in space.
I am all for deep space exploration. I’m not however a fan of acting like climate change doesn’t exist. Also I am not sure where he thinks all this money is going to come from. Space exploration is extraordinarily expensive, beyond simply re-arranging budgets. As in, astronomically expensive.
I’m glad he is taking an interest in space and I do think a president should try to steer NASA in a general direction. However I don’t think it’s a president’s place to get into the details of everything NASA. A president is not a scientist (and we sure as hell know Trump specifically isn’t).
Post # 7
I believe that Trump’s transition team will include at least one lobbyist for the oil and gas companies. Doesn’t look good, does it?
People can’t say that they haven’t been warned about Trump’s attitude to Climate Change.
Enough Americans didn’t and probably still don’t care about these things.
Still, with any luck, the Nepotistic Trump will spend his entire presidency being embroiled in legal wrangles of one sort or another. The more the merrier is what I say. Bring them on.
Post # 8
Many people that voted for Trump live in Southern and Western states that have already been experiencing serious droughts and water shortages – they will be the hardest hit by climate change in the form of vast dust bowls, which means mass migration to the cities as the rural areas become uninhabitable and unfarmable. It’s already happening in countries in Africa. The longer Americans bury our heads in the sand about climate change, the more sand will pile on our heads and choke us in the next few decades. I’m very concerned about the anti-intellectual, anti-science stance of Trump and his supporters (big business that prefers status quo and even fuirther deregulation). We can lobby our representatives in Congress, but since we’ve packed the House and Senate again with those same Republicans who deny climate change, there is little hope that they will support alternative fuels, nor support continued regulation of carbon emissions. Trump and our pro-deregulation Congress are poised to roll back all the hard-won progress we’ve made in the last 8 years. Our kids will be the ones who suffer most.