Categories for Climate Change

26,897. 7/25/2019

AUTO INDUSTRY/CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Four of the world’s largest automakers have struck a deal with California to reduce automobile emissions, siding with the state in its fight with President Trump over one of his most consequential regulatory rollbacks. In coming weeks, the Trump administration is expected to all but eliminate an Obama-era regulation designed to reduce vehicle emissions that contribute to global warming. California and 13 other states have vowed to keep enforcing the stricter rules, potentially splitting the United States auto market in two. With car companies facing the prospect of having to build two separate lineups of vehicles, they opened secretive talks with California regulators in which the automakers — Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen of America, Honda and BMW — won rules that are slightly less restrictive than the Obama standards and that they can apply to vehicles sold nationwide.”

Coral Davenport and Hiroko Tabuchi, “Automakers, Rejecting Trump Pollution Rule, Strike a Deal With California,” The New York Times online, July 25, 2019

26,526. 7/12/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/DEMS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump should ‘admit that climate change is real’ and start figuring out ways to confront it. That wasn’t advice from prominent congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but rather from one of the president’s staunchest allies in Congress: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina… In response to a question about the president’s environmental record, Graham said Trump should agree with the overwhelming scientific consensus that the planet is warming and come up with an aggressive response…Trump often mocks the science behind climate change and once referred to it as a ‘hoax’ perpetrated by the Chinese to gain competitive advantage. He has instructed his administration to expand the development of carbon-emitting fossil fuels that contribute to a hotter planet. And he has rolled back previous efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including the Clean Power Plan that was a signature of President Barack Obama’s efforts to confront the growing crisis.”

Ledyard King, “Trump ally Lindsey Graham says president should ‘admit climate change is real’,” USA Today, July 12, 2019 6:04 pm

26,141. 6/28/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is pressuring some of his fellow leaders to help weaken a G-20 commitment on fighting climate change in a move that could kill chances of agreeing on a final leaders’ declaration. Three senior officials told POLITICO that Trump is trying to enlist the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Australia and Turkey in opposing commitments to stand by the Paris climate agreement made at previous G-20 summits. The U.S. has refused to back the part of the G-20 declaration that supports the Paris accord since the G-20 summit in Hamburg in 2017, but supported the final communique under an ‘agree to disagree’ arrangement. But this year, Trump is pushing allies to join him in opposition and French President Emmanuel Macron warned he would rather veto a final communiqué rather than allow the climate change section to be weakened further. Officials said negotiations would go on through the night and would likely be left for the leaders themselves to continue on Saturday [6-29-19]. The failure to secure agreement on a final communiqué would be a stinging defeat for the summit host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, who has sought to maintain consensus and a spirit of multilateralism.”

Jakob Hanke and David M. Herszenhorn, “Trump pressures other G-20 leaders to weaken climate goals,” Politico, June 28, 2019 11:37 pm

26,051. 6/26/2019

AUTO INDUSTRY/CANADA/CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Canada has signaled a willingness to buck one of President Trump’s most significant environmental rollbacks — a major weakening of auto pollution standards — by signing a clean-car deal with California, the state leading the fight against the rollback. Wednesday’s [6-26-19] Agreement, which pledges to advance the use of clean and electric cars, lacks binding specifics. Nevertheless, Canada’s decision to publicly align itself with California and its climate-change policies inserts the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into a high-profile battle being waged over Mr. Trump’s weakening of rules designed to combat climate change…Traditionally, Canada has aligned its auto emissions standards with federal rules in the United States. However, several analysts said they saw Wednesday’s announcement as a clear step toward a more concrete shift in which Canada could potentially switch to the environmentally stricter standards of California and other states. Such a move could undercut Mr. Trump’s efforts to weaken environmental policy by creating a much larger market for cleaner cars, thereby making it more economically viable for auto manufacturers to build cars to the higher standards.”

Coral Davenport, “Canada Signals a Willingness to Challenge Trump on His Clean-Car Rollback,” The New York Times online, June 26, 2019

25,881. 6/19/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/OBAMA/REGULATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Wednesday [6-19-19] issued its long-awaited replacement for former President Barack Obama’s most ambitious climate change regulation, rolling back rules in an effort to salvage the declining role of coal in the nation’s power supply. Critics charge that the new rule would cripple the fight against climate change — which has emerged as a major issue for Democrats in the 2020 presidential race — and undermine any future White House efforts to use the Environmental Protection Agency to address the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule is a part of the Trump administration’s campaign to erase greenhouse gas regulations designed to stave off the worst effects of climate change. And it is the first in a litany of rollbacks due out this year that will restrict EPA’s regulatory powers, with new rules due out soon that will ease regulations on vehicle emissions, oil and gas wells and other types of power plant pollution. The new final rule, which was signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, eliminates the Obama EPA’s targets that would have required states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, which would have hit coal power plants hard.”

Alex Guillen, “Trump rolls back Obama’s biggest climate rule,” Politico, June 19, 2019 7:54 pm

25,880. 6/19/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ETHICS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations hit headwinds Wednesday [6-19-19] as senators questioned the impact of her family’s coal fortune on her ability to work on climate issues at the world body. Kelly Craft, the current US ambassador to Canada, acknowledged during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing that fossil fuels contribute to climate change and said she would recuse herself from any UN discussions on coal. But as senators raised the question again and again, Craft hedged on the degree to which fossil fuels drive climate change, which the UN described in November as an ‘existential crisis.’ For at least one senator, Craft’s nuanced stance wasn’t good enough. Craft will be replacing former ambassador Nikki Haley, who resigned in October. The job is not expected to be the Cabinet level posting that Haley insisted upon, leaving Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton firmly in control of US foreign policy. But Craft’s political connections as a major Republican donor, both to Trump and lawmakers, may give her more behind-the-scenes clout with the White House and the Republican-controlled Senate than Haley wielded.”

Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Crawford, “Senators press Trump nominee for UN ambassador on climate and her coal ties,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 19, 2019 7:19 pm

25,855. 6/19/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/HUMAN RIGHTS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Trump’s choice for United Nations ambassador said Wednesday [6-19-19] that Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for rights abuses and that humans have contributed to climate change, posing ‘real risks to our planet.’ The positions expressed by the nominee, Kelly Knight Craft, currently the ambassador to Canada, suggested she differed with Mr. Trump on two signature themes of his presidency: the strong alliance with Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the causes and dangers of global warming. Ms. Craft spoke at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination, held nearly six months after her predecessor, Nikki R. Haley, departed the post. Mr. Trump’s initial choice to replace Ms. Haley, Heather Nauert, a former State Department spokeswoman, withdrew from consideration in February. The United Nations post has historically been considered the second-most important foreign policy position in a presidential administration, behind the secretary of state.”

Rick Gladstone, “Trump’s Nominee for U.N. Envoy Appears to Differ With Him on Saudis and Climate,” The New York Times online, June 19, 2019

25,425. 6/5/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Plagiarism charge against Sleepy Joe Biden on his ridiculous Climate Change Plan is a big problem, but the Corrupt Media will save him. His other problem is that he is drawing flies, not people, to his Rallies. Nobody is showing up, I mean nobody. You can’t win without people!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 5, 2019 12:55 am

25,317. 5/27/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term ‘global warming’ into a punch line rather than a prognosis. Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault. In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change. And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.”

Coral Davenport and Mark Landler, “Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science,” The New York Times online, May 27, 2019

23,705. 4/4/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration may have shut down the government advisory committee on climate change started by President Barack Obama, but its members considered the work so important that they did not stop working. The Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment was created in 2015 by the Obama administration to help local leaders and policymakers figure out how to apply lessons from the National Climate Assessment. The latest version of that report, released in November, determined that climate change is already hurting the United States and that it could cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars and will kill thousands of Americans. Trump allowed the charter of the advisory committee to expire in August 2017 after his administration showed concern about the political makeup of the 15-member panel…At the invitation of New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, most of the members of the committee reconvened and became the Science to Climate Action Network, also known as SCAN. On Thursday [4-4-19], it released its report and recommendations to help policymakers and community leaders better tackle the daunting problems brought by climate change.”

Jen Christensen, “Trump disbanded it, but climate change panel regroups to release its report,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, April 4, 2019 5:31 am

23,250. 3/12/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: ‘The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.’ @foxandfriends Wow!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 12, 2019 7:29 am

23,113. 3/6/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The federal government is doing a worse job managing the problem of climate change under President Donald Trump, according to an investigation from the Government Accountability Office that included climate change on its High Risk List report on Wednesday [3-6-19]. This year’s High Risk List is a 293-page assessment of the threats facing the federal government, including such matters as cybersecurity and problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The GAO has been putting the list together since 1990 and delivers it to Congress every two years to make legislators aware of the programs that it considers most vulnerable to mismanagement, fraud, waste or abuse and most in need of fixing. Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, GAO Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro said that of the many areas that need improvement, ‘three areas have actually regressed,’ and limiting the federal government’s fiscal exposure by better managing climate change risks is one of them. Also in that category were the Environmental Protection Agency’s process for assessing and controlling toxic chemicals and NASA acquisition management.”

Jen Christensen, “Climate change gets worse management under Trump, investigation finds,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 6, 2019 7:45 pm

22,975. 3/1/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said Friday [3-1-19] that he believes climate change could threaten economic growth. It’s a position that puts him at odds with the Trump administration and the President himself, who has openly questioned whether the climate is warming at all…Hassett, an economist long involved in conventional Republican political circles, has in the past expressed support for instituting carbon taxes to curb pollution..Last year, a 1,600-page report on the potential effects of climate change written by scientists from 13 different government agencies estimated that climate change could result in the American economy losing hundreds of billions of dollars, or, at worst, more than 10% of its GDP by 2100. ‘I don’t believe it,’ Trump said after the report’s release. Hassett declined to estimate the economic impact of a sweeping climate change proposal by freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez which would involve, among other progressive bucket list items, a massive effort to limit pollution, a federal jobs guarantee, and an infrastructure overhaul.”

Haley Byrd, “Top White House adviser acknowledges threat posed by climate change,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 1, 2019 11:57 am

22,943. 2/28/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “New efforts by President Trump and his staff to question or undermine the established science of climate change have created a widening rift between the White House on one side, and scientific facts, government agencies, and some leading figures in the president’s own party on the other. The president’s senior advisers are exploring the idea of creating a panel aimed at questioning the National Climate Assessment. According to a White House memo, the group would include William Happer, a Princeton physicist who has asserted that carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas that scientists say is trapping heat and warming the planet — is beneficial to humanity. The climate assessment, a sweeping report issued by the White House itself in November, concluded decisively that the burning of fossil fuels was warming the atmosphere, leading to a raft of harmful effects across the United States and the world. And Mr. Trump announced last week on Twitter that he would nominate Kelly Knight Craft to be his ambassador to the United Nations. Ms. Craft said in a 2017 television interview that, on the issue of climate change, she believes there are ‘scientists on both sides that are accurate.’”

Coral Davenport, “With Climate Science on the March, an Isolated Trump Hunkers Down,” The New York Times online, February 28, 2019

22,749. 2/20/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A climate change skeptic who once compared ‘demonization’ of carbon dioxide to the treatment of Jews under Adolf Hitler may lead a proposed White House committee tasked with studying whether climate change poses a national security threat, The Washington Post reported Wednesday [2-20-19]. The Post, citing planning documents obtained by the paper, reported that William Happer, a National Security Council official, would head up the proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Security. The committee would be created via an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, according to the paper. The White House declined a request for comment. In 2014, Happer, who co-founded the CO2 Coalition, an advocacy group that focuses on ‘the consequences of mandated reductions in CO2 emissions,’ compared criticism of carbon dioxide, the increase of which scientists say has raised global temperatures, to the treatment of Jews under Hitler.”

Devan Cole, “Washington Post: Climate skeptic may lead WH panel to study climate change and national security,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 20, 2019 5:24 pm

22,556. 2/10/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 10, 2019 5:04 pm

22,232. 1/28/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 28, 2019 9:28 pm 

22,008. 1/20/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 20, 2019 7:59 am

21,674. 1/8/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On a sunny summer’s day at historic Christopher Columbus Park on Boston’s waterfront, it’s hard to picture the dormant fury of the Atlantic Ocean as it laps softly at the creaking docks. But one day, according to the city’s climate projections,a massive storm driven by unusually high winds and high tides will pour water over the park’s grassy rise and inundate the arbors where grape vines trail and newlyweds pose for photos. The waters will rush across the brick pavers onto Atlantic Avenue and flow toward historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, where generations of tourists have learned about the Boston Tea Party. The floodwaters will threaten nearby Old North Church, where Paul Revere’s ride kicked off, and lap at the edges of Bunker Hill…Frustrated by what they see as the Trump administration’s decision to de-emphasize the danger posed by climate change, local government officials, nonprofit leaders and university researchers are busily forging ahead with limited resources in a piecemeal approach they say is better than nothing. They’re hardening buildings, digging bigger storm drains and changing zoning laws to keep homes from being built in low-lying areas prone to flooding. While many cities and states are also trying to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to slow global warming, these more concrete efforts are aimed at mitigating the actual impacts of climate change, which many elected officials say is politically easier to tackle.”

Trevor Hughes, “Without Trump, local governments spend millions to protect against climate change,” USA Today, January 8, 2019 5:25 pm

21,130. 12/10/2018

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks here offered an unapologetic defense of fossil fuels on Monday [12-10-18], arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic. While that stance brought scorn from environmentalists and countries that favor stronger action to fight global warming, there are signs that the administration is finding a receptive audience among other major fossil-fuel producers, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia. President Trump’s international energy and climate adviser, Wells Griffith, hosted a panel discussion on fossil fuels at the United Nations conference, arguing that the developing world would be heavily reliant on coal, oil and gas for some time and that it was in the world’s interest to find more efficient ways of developing and burning those fuels…With its stance, the United States was emerging as the leader of an informal movement to promote coal and other fossil fuels — despite reports, including by the government’s own scientists, that the planet is growing dangerously warmer because of greenhouse gasses.”

Brad Plumer and Lisa Friedman, “Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks. Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.,” The New York Times online, December 10, 2018

21,026. 12/6/2018

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era coal emissions rule as part of its effort to loosen restrictions on the coal industry, just days after a US government report warned that aggressive action is needed to curb greenhouse gases and ease the impact of global warming. The reversal won’t lead to the immediate construction of new coal-fired power plants, but it does send an immediate political signal that the Trump administration is intent on shoring up the coal industry and other energy interests..The rule change would lift restrictions on coal emissions that effectively limited the construction of new plants. Wheeler argued that the Obama administration was requiring power plants to use costly carbon capture and sequestration technology and that by reversing the rule, businesses would have a greater ability to innovate and invest…On the Friday [11-23-18] after Thanksgiving, the Trump administration released a congressionally mandated Climate Assessment which warned the planet is getting warmer, human activity is contributing to that warming and that it is approaching a point of no return in terms of the damage to the climate.”

Nicole Gaouette and Rene Marsh, “EPA rolls back coal rule despite climate change warnings,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 6, 2018 7:47 am

20,936. 12/3/2018

CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist who is now acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was a ‘driving force’ behind the agenda of Sen. James Inhofe, who called climate change a ‘hoax,’ according to people familiar with Wheeler’s work for the senator. President Donald Trump has said he intends to nominate Wheeler as the head of the EPA, and in the past five months as acting administrator, Wheeler has moved aggressively to roll back key environmental regulations, prompting critics and environmentalists to say he is fast confirming their worst fears for the agency’s future. Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, is an outspoken climate change skeptic who was at different times chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Inhofe told CNN last year the EPA was ‘brainwashing our kids,’ and famously once brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to demonstrate his belief that global warming isn’t real.”

Scott Bronstein, Drew Griffin and Collette Richards, “Trump’s pick for EPA already rolling back climate change protections,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 3, 2018 10:44 pm

20,904. 12/1/2018

CLIMATE CHANGE/G20/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump has issues. And the team of G-20 ‘sherpas’ negotiating the joint statement to sum up the annual leaders’ summit were more than happy to take note of them if it meant the explosive American president wouldn’t blow up their work. One of Trump’s issues is the multilateral trading system that most other G-20 leaders cherish, but that he believes has long allowed other countries to take advantage of the United States. So at around 5 a.m. on Saturday [12-1-18] morning, after nearly a week of intense negotiations, the sherpas wrote an awkward line into the fourth paragraph of their draft communique: ‘We also note current trade issues.’ Trump also has issues with the Paris climate change accords. But rather than argue the point, 19 of the G-20 leaders used the document to reaffirm their commitment to fight global warming, and a separate paragraph was written laying out Trump’s singular opposition.”

David Herszenhorn, Andrew Restuccia and Hans der Burchard, “The world makes room for Trump,” Politico, December 1, 2018 7:32 pm

20,780. 11/27/2018

CLIMATE CHANGE/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a wide-ranging interview, President Donald Trump confronted why he’s voiced skepticism on a climate change report issued over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, telling the Washington Post “I don’t see” the devastating climate change effects warned about in the report. ‘One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers,’ the president said of climate change. ‘You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean.’ The 1,600-page National Climate Assessment, issued by the Trump administration, details the climate and economic impacts U.S. residents will see if drastic action is not taken to address climate change. The report notes in a worst-case scenario, top scientists from 13 federal agencies say climate change – primarily caused by human activity – could deliver a 10 percent hit to the nation’s GDP by the end of the century.”

Christal Hayes, “Trump is skeptical of climate change report because of his ‘high levels of intelligence’,” USA Today November 27, 2018 10:40 pm

20,755. 11/27/2018

CLIMATE CHANGE/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Fighting climate change could be America’s new New Deal. The effects of global warming on virtually all aspects of American society could be devastating, according to a government report released on Friday. Rather than seize on its findings as a way to boost American innovation, economic output and jobs, President Trump’s administration pushed the report out late on Friday after Thanksgiving — and then played down its devastating findings. That’s a big missed opportunity. Unchecked, climate change could cut as much as a tenth off the nation’s gross domestic product by the end of the century, according to the authors of the 1,656-page assessment. That overall figure probably underestimates regional variances. The overall cost of the wildfires that hit California in 2017, for example, amounted to 6.5 percent of the state’s economic output, according to estimates by the weather forecasting company AccuWeather. Factor in everything from water scarcity to pollution to energy production to human health, and in some parts of the country the economic impact could be far worse.”

Antony Currie, “President Trump Overlooks an Investment Opportunity in Climate Change,” The New York Times online, November 27, 2018