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Advocates Say Election Results Threaten Environment

Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax. (Matt Brown/Wikimedia Commons)
Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax. (Matt Brown/Wikimedia Commons)
November 10, 2016

NEW YORK – With environmental programs under attack by conservative Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and, soon, the White House, activists are vowing to continue the fight to stop global climate change.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he intends to scrap President Barack Obama's ambitious national and international climate change policies.

Leslie Cagan, a coordinator with the People's Climate Movement New York, points out that Trump has said several times that he believes climate change is a hoax.

"So we can expect probably greater commitments to fossil fuel and the fossil fuel industry, and cuts in commitments, financial and otherwise, to renewable energy," she states.

The national People's Climate Change Movement is organizing a march on Washington to take place at the end of April.

While Trump has vowed to cancel the Paris agreement on climate change, Cagan notes that a lot of energy policy issues are handled at the state level.

"Of course, what each state does impacts the states around it and states are tied together through the energy grid, et cetera,” she says. “But there really are policy decisions that can and are made state by state."

New York state is committed to getting 50 percent of its electric power from renewable sources by 2030.

Cagan acknowledges that many environmentalists and advocates for other causes are still reeling from the potential impact of a Trump presidency – feelings she says are understandable.

"But let's not stay there,” she urges. “Let's take that energy and put it into being as creative and bold as we can in solidarity, and in cooperation with other people and other movements."

Environmentalists say no matter who is in the White House, a majority of Americans support strong environmental protections.


Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY