The short answer is yes, if we do nothing about it. Our new administration has run on a platform of reinstating fossil fuels to their former unregulated ‘glory.’ The new director of the EPA is likely to be Myron Ebell, a man who believes global warming is not only a hoax and ‘silly’ but that a vast majority of scientists agree with him on this matter.
Despite a significant majority of Americans speaking out in favor of the Paris agreement President-Elect Trump has vowed to ‘cancel’ the United States’s participation in said agreement. This withdrawal could have devastating fallout given the US’s position as a world leader and a country that has the capital to break new ground on the renewable energy front. If the US caves and dismisses the issue, what hope is there for smaller and poorer countries that would have to put forth a tremendous amount of effort and sacrifice to achieve these ends? All this aside, the earth is already at a tipping point with global warming, even slowing progress to correct the ship might ensure our demise.
Trump is in very isolated territory on this front. As you can see in the chart above, a majority are in favor of upholding that specific agreement. Additionally, a majority feel that at least some steps need to be made towards cleaning up our act and reducing dependency on fossil fuel.
Even those who don’t see it as a pressing concern believe we need to be making steps towards a solution now. Only a fairly small percent of the population share Trumps view that the fossil fuel industries should be deregulated and the emissions ignored. Another part of Trumps transition team includes Steven Groves, he shares the transition teams ideology in exiting the Paris agreement and has even written an article for the Daily Signal titled “The Pathway Out of Paris.”
It’s going to be difficult to combat this administrations stance on these issues, but we all have to continue to fight for what is necessary for our health and safety. Write your congressmen and women. Contact the white house. Let it be known that you do not accept the status quo and that you are in favor of eliminating emissions. Will your submissions be read word for word by the president? No. Your words will however become part of the statistics politicians look at when making their decisions. If something is overwhelmingly opposed to their vote they risk political suicide. Make your voice heard and change those votes!
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact <- The Donald
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact <- Current Administration (Obama)
http://wenstrup.house.gov/contact/ <-House Rep
http://chabot.house.gov/contact/ <-House Rep