Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday, November 8th, took most of the world by surprise. It certainly took me by surprise.
In the past few days there has been a lot of speculation (and worry) and the implications of a Trump presidency on the environment.
I am still speechless. But I want to provide a list of some useful/insightful commentary.
- My colleague Matt Hoffmann (political science, University of Toronto) wrote an informative piece on his blog. (It is also a good blog of follow if you are interested in climate change more broadly).
- Scientific American wrote a piece on Trump’s selection of Myron Ebell to head his EPA transition team. Ebell is a well-known climate skeptic.
- The Guardian has a good piece on what Trump means for the global climate change efforts.
- The Globe and Mail asks what Trump means for climate change plans in Canada.
- The New York Times has run many pieces of relevance here, but I will link you to Andrew Revkin’s opinion.
That is a good list to get you started. Overall, there is reason for real concern. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what Trump may or may not do. So far, his only action has been to appoint a climate skeptic to lead the EPA transition team. That does not bode well or set a good tone for the next 4 years.
However, as many authors in the above links remind you: US states and cities do have REAL power when it comes to the environment. There is reason for concern, but there is also reason to be hopeful.