The Trump campaign promises to rationalize Federal Government environmental policy may be about to face their first major test. Trump’s nominee to head the US Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed today by the US Senate. Trump’s strong stand against environmental extremism during the campaign may have been delayed in its implementation by the need to get Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA Administrator.
But now that Pruitt has been approved, there is no longer any reason to delay further. Kimberley Strassel expressed her concern this morning that Trump may “wimp out” on withdrawing the US from the Paris non-treaty treaty, one of his major promises. Given the lack of any scientific justification for reducing human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, there is every reason to end US participation in the Paris “treaty” as soon as possible. It is now time to start the process, as well as implementing all his other campaign promises to rationalize US environmental policies.
The Administration needs to rapidly implement President Trump’s campaign promises, including withdrawing the US from the so-called Paris climate “Treaty,” abandoning the Obama so-called Clean Power and Climate Action Plans, and withdrawing the Clean Water Rule (which asserts Federal control over small waterways like ponds and streams). Although not promised by Trump, withdrawal of the unjustified EPA Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding would also be an important step towards climate policy rationalization.
But it is also the case that carrying out his campaign promises to curb the policies advocated by climate alarmists is critical to the success of Trump’s larger agenda. Trump has promised more jobs, more infrastructure spending, and tax cuts, all of which will cost the Federal Government money. The easiest source of that money is increased government revenue from the production of fossil fuels, particularly from Federal lands. With a continuation of the scientifically unjustified Obama climate alarmist-based policies, this will be impossible. Private industry is not going to invest in producing fossil fuels on Federal land that cannot be produced, transported to market, or sold because of unjustified claims that this will have adverse effects on climate.