Fighting global warming was at the heart of Obama’s energy plan. The White House energy page—featuring informative content and links and interesting images and photos—quoted Obama as follows:
Someday, our children, and our children’s children, will look at us in the eye and they’ll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safe, more stable world?
Within minutes of Trump’s inauguration, that page was promptly removed. In its place was a slap-dash article titled “An America First Energy Plan.” There is no mention of climate change or global warming, and gone are all images, links, and facts. Instead, the page amounts to an op-ed piece about lowering costs for “hardworking Americans and maximize[ing] the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.”
More recently, the Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the government’s top agencies on climate.
But there is some good news. It’s just not in this country. Plenty of other nations—including India, China, Chile, and Mexico—are forging ahead with clean energy and they’re on an unstoppable track. Last year saw about 70 gigawatts of new solar generation and 59 gigawatts of new wind power. That amounts to $287 billion in new clean energy investments, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Renewable energy analysts say that clean energy is here to stay, regardless of the U.S. government’s attempts to thwart it. The clean energy sector is creating jobs and wealth for struggling economies. What was once an expensive, fringe part of the energy sector is now mainstream and too big and too irreversible even for the Trump bulldozer.
Featured Image of wind energy farm outside Palm Springs CA, by Flickr user Wendell