Work to avert the problems caused by climate change should not be a partisan issue, Kerry told students at MIT. He noted U.S. officials from military and intelligence leaders to the mayors of coastal cities agree the problem of rising sea levels and erratic rainfall is one that they want to take action on.
Both the rhetoric and the actions have provoked despair among many who fear a Trump presidency will tip the planet toward an overheated future, upending recent national and international efforts to stem emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas. But will a President Trump noticeably affect the globe’s climate in ways that, say, a President Hillary Clinton would not have?
Kerry is nothing if not indefatigable, traveling to all corners of the world as America’s top diplomat over the last four years. But as he prepares to leave office, he confronts a mixed legacy, with a handful of successes coupled with searing defeats, especially in the Middle East.
The Energy Department said it will not comply with a request from Trump’s Energy transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change, signaling a rocky transition for Trump’s energy team.
When Donald Trump recently made seemingly open-minded remarks about climate change, it set off a wave of television coverage about how Trump had supposedly “reversed course” on climate change.
The comforting news is that America can move past the black hole of ignorance in Trump’s Washington — or New York or wherever he is. Enlightened state and city governments, as well as the private sector, can provide the leadership. As it happens, they’re already on the case.
Donald Trump’s most enduring legacy as president may be the lasting damage he does to the environment. The Trump administration will likely be filled with people who will benefit financially from more fracking, more industrial agriculture and factory farms, and expanded deregulation masquerading as trade policy.