With his latest photo opp /Twittering, Pres. Trump thinks he has scored points and kept his promises to coal miners by trashing the U.S. Clean Power Plan.
The other day he said, “Perhaps no single regulation threatens our miners, energy workers and companies more than this crushing attack on American industry,” He continued, “We’re ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country.”
“Trump’s order also directs the Department of the Interior to lift a temporary ban, put in place last year, on coal leasing on federal lands. In addition, it eliminates federal guidance instructing agencies to factor climate change into policy making and disbands a team tasked with calculating the ‘social cost of carbon.’” *
Could we please just consider one itty-bitty thing?
The world’s top global corporations have been and are supporting and working toward sustainable solutions in energy, food and multiple other areas. They are doing so because it makes good business sense.
Contrary to the Trumpists, for instance, they see renewable energy as the future and investment in fossil fuels, coal, etc. as dead ends, i.e. not profitable.
In fact, members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) (http://www.wbcsd.org/ ) some of the best known corporations in the world, see “$12 trillion of market opportunities in the four economic systems”… food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being.
The WBCSD has determined that doing the life-affirming things to support humans, other animals, the environment and the world in general makes the best “business” sense.
As I am not a supporter of the existing American-style Predatory Capitalistic “System”, I must admit that these guys have arrived at life-affirming solutions that, if applied, might invigorate all of us with real economic progress. They might even “save capitalism” from the trash pile. (Please see this WBCSD Executive Summary.)
Pres. Trump and the congressional R people are missing the boat. They are so blinded by their delusional ideology that they can’t even see the dock, the port or the ocean, let alone world’s lifeboat loaded with golden opportunities.
* Donald Trump’s Disastrous Plan To Derail U.S. Climate Action, Alissa Scheller, Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post, 28 Mar 2017.