The businessman White House occupant, Donald Trump, will today seek to damn the United States(US) environmental climate to increase pollution from coal-fired power plants, as he issues an executive order to remove restrictions on maxims of pollution allowed by factories that were imposed by President Barack Obama to help battle the debilitating effects of global Climate Change.
Trump, who during last year's Presidential Election, pledged to pull the US out of the historic planet-saving Paris Agreement on Climate Change, claims that removing restrictions on emissions by coal-fired power plants, would create jobs. But at what and at whose expense? The new president will also seek to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) by a third.
The new White House also plans to review environmental protection regulations on oil, gas and coal production, with a view to reversing green rules set by President Obama to limit greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants in order for the US to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Acting on a misguided notion that environmental protections hurt the economy, Trump has maintained that he would put people back to work by reversing Climate Change protections.
If people are employed via injuries to the environment, could such employment ever be counted as an economic good given the associated health effects that will inevitably come with air pollution? Trump, who turns 71, on June 14, is gambling on the short run and obviously not on the long run.