The Trump administration’s “First energy plan” criticises the “burdensome” regulations on the energy industry and aims to eliminate “harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan” which was introduced by President Barack Obama. It has also deleted all mentions of climate change and global warming from the White House website. The “First energy plan” put forth by the White House clearly is step backward to the 1950’s, when white men ruled, segregation was the norm, and women wore high heels while doing the house work. This President and his administration are so out of touch with the dangerous realities we are faced with from climate change. Do we really want to go back to lead in our gasoline, and to have every environmental regulation gutted to allow industry to pollute to its hearts content? Clean healthy air, water, and land reduce the health care costs significantly in the world, as the does advances in the climate treaties Trump wishes to do away with. The economic realities of sustainable energy have become a force to be reckoned with. Industry sees the benefits of sustainable energy. Why pay to drill for oil, when you can harness the sun and wind for nothing. You don’t buy barrels of sun or wind. The U.S. must stay the course and lead the world, otherwise we will become a third world nation with rampant pollution that benefits only the white rich billionaires in Trump’s cabinet.
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