Categories for Climate Change

32,037. 1/3/2020

CLIMATE CHANGE/INFRASTRUCTURE/LEGISLATION/REGULATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal agencies would no longer have to take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major infrastructure projects, according to a Trump administration plan that would weaken the nation’s benchmark environmental law. The proposed changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act could sharply reduce obstacles to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and other fossil fuel projects that have been stymied when courts ruled that the Trump administration did not properly consider climate change when analyzing the environmental effects of the projects. According to one government official who has seen the proposed regulation but was not authorized to speak about it publicly, the administration will also narrow the range of projects that require environmental review. That could make it likely that more projects will sail through the approval process without having to disclose plans to do things like discharge waste, cut trees or increase air pollution.”

Lisa Friedman, “Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

31,967. 12/31/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A top panel of government-appointed scientists, many of them hand-selected by the Trump administration, said on Tuesday [12-31-19] that three of President Trump’s most far-reaching and scrutinized proposals to weaken major environmental regulations are at odds with established science. Draft letters posted online Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board, which is responsible for evaluating the scientific integrity of the agency’s regulations, took aim at the Trump administration’s rewrite of an Obama-era regulation of waterways, an Obama-era effort to curb planet-warming vehicle tailpipe emissions and a plan to limit scientific data that can be used to draft health regulations. In each case, the 41 scientists on a board — many of whom were appointed by Trump administration officials to replace scientists named by the Obama administration — found the regulatory changes flew in the face of science.”

Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman, “Science Panel Staffed With Trump Appointees Says E.P.A. Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor,” The New York Times online, December 31, 2019

31,945. 12/31/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/FRANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “How is the Paris Accord doing? Don’t ask! https://t.co/9N0yibmDkj

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 6:25 pm

31,941. 12/31/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/FRANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “How is the Paris Accord doing? Don’t ask! @parisac https://t.co/9N0yibmDkj”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 6:13 pm

31,760. 12/13/2019

CHILDREN/CLIMATE CHANGE/CYBERBULLYING/MELANIA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Melania Trump, who last year promoted anti-cyberbullying tips as part of her child-focused kindness campaign called ‘Be Best,’ sidestepped any comment Friday [12-13-19] on President Trump’s recent decision to mock Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist, on Twitter. ‘Be Best’ is the first lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,’ Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said in a statement first reported by CNN. ‘It is no secret that the president and first lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do.’ A day earlier, Mr. Trump targeted Ms. Thunberg after Time magazine named her its person of the year. ‘So ridiculous,’ Mr. Trump said on Twitter. ‘Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!’”

Katie Rogers, “Despite ‘Be Best’ Campaign, Melania Trump Stays Mum as Husband Mocks Greta Thunberg,” The New York Times online, December 13, 2019

31,716. 12/12/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/CYBERBULLYING/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump revived his attacks on 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday [12-12-19], criticizing Time magazine for naming her Person of the Year and telling Thunberg to ‘chill!’ ‘So ridiculous,’ Trump, who was also on the shortlist to receive the honor, complained on Twitter. ‘Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”’ Thunberg, the youngest person to ever receive the honor, wasted no time in reclaiming the barb, changing her Twitter biography to read, ‘A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.’”

-Abbey Marshall, “Trump mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg after Time honor,” Politico, December 12, 2019 11:57 am

31,648. 12/12/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 12, 2019 7:22 am

31,269. 12/6/2019

BUSINESS/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump’s planned pullout from the Paris climate agreement has some U.S. companies worried that a business opportunity worth hundreds of billions of dollars is going to pass them by. The withdrawal could lock U.S. businesses out of a huge portion of the rapidly growing global market, already worth an estimated $164 billion, that seeks to put an economic price on the greenhouse gases warming the planet — a potential economic loss causing concern among American-based companies such as the food and candy maker Mars. Negotiators from nearly 200 nations began meeting on Monday [12-2-19] at a U.N. climate conference where the discussions include the details of how carbon trading markets could help meet the Paris agreement’s goals for heading off the worst consequences of global warming. But Trump’s exit plan would leave the United States as the only country on Earth not part of the Paris deal — and potentially left out of the economic bounty.”

Zach Coleman, “How Trump could cost U.S. companies a climate bonanza,” Politico, December 6, 2019 5:05 am

30,406. 11/9/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Varneyco: STU: ‘Voters everywhere have been rejecting costly climate dreams!’ #NaturalGas #ClimateChange #Fracking #MyTake #VarneyCo ht…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 9, 2019 7:03 am

30,263. 11/4/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations on Monday [11-4-19] that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, leaving global climate diplomats to plot a way forward without the cooperation of the world’s largest economy. The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on withdrawal, begins a yearlong countdown to the United States exit and a concerted effort to preserve the Paris Agreement, under which nearly 200 nations have pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and to help poor countries cope with the worst effects of an already warming planet. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the notification on Twitter and issued a statement saying the accord would impose intolerable burdens on the American economy.”

Lisa Friedman, “Trump Serves Notice to Quit Paris Climate Agreement,” The New York Times online, November 4, 2019

29,974. 10/28/2019

AUTO INDUSTRY/CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Breaking with some of their biggest rivals, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said Monday they were intervening on the side of the Trump administration in an escalating battle with California over fuel economy standards for automobiles. Their decision pits them against leading competitors, including Honda and Ford, who this year reached a deal to follow California’s stricter rules. It represents the latest twist in one of the Trump administration’s most consequential rollbacks of regulations designed to fight climate change. It has also opened a rift among the world’s biggest automakers — the very industrial giants that the Trump administration maintains it was trying to help with regulatory relief. The Trump administration has proposed a major weakening of federal auto emissions standards set during the Obama administration, prompting California to declare that it will go its own course and keep enforcing the earlier, stricter standards.”

Hiroko Tabuchi, “General Motors Sides With Trump in Emissions Fight, Splitting the Industry,” The New York Times online, October 28, 2019

28,708. 9/25/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT/INTERIOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Interior Department is forcing key staff responsible for environmental reviews to move west as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to shrink the number of federal workers based in Washington, two people familiar with the plans told POLITICO. The move is the latest by the Trump administration to eliminate environmental positions from Washington, D.C. and comes after the Department of Agriculture’s decision to transfer researchers whose jobs included studying climate change to a new headquarters in Kansas City. As part of the ongoing reorganization of the Interior Department, half of the Bureau of Land Management’s national environmental review team would be scattered to states across the West, a move that could slow or undermine the approval of permits for oil and gas and renewable energy project developments as well as construction of recreational paths, according to the people.”

Ben Lefebvre, “Trump administration to move environmental review staff to states,” Politico, September 25, 2019 6:37 pm

28,644. 9/24/2019

CHILDREN/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump mocked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter late Monday [9-23-19]. Posting a fatalistic statement the Swedish teen had made earlier Monday at the United Nations’ special meeting on climate change, Trump tweeted: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’ Trump briefly attended the Climate Action Summit in New York but left after 14 minutes. The president has consistently expressed skepticism about the notion of man-made climate change, and his administration has declined to make the issue any sort of priority. Thunberg acknowledged Trump’s tweet on Tuesday [9-24-19], changing her Twitter biography to read, ‘A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.’ Thunberg has developed an international following for her persistent efforts to get the international community to combat climate change, particularly winning support among young people.” 

David Cohen, “Trump mocks teen climate activist,” Politico, September 24, 2019 12:47 am

28,631. 9/23/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 23, 2019 10:36 pm

28,621. 9/23/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The politics of climate change claim the main U.N. stage Monday [9-23-19] in New York with appeals from world leaders (and notable absences) and some new proposals to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. At this one-day climate summit that kicks off the annual U.N. General Assembly, the star attractions are Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Narendra Modi, joined by leaders of 60 countries and dozens of multinationals — as well as Donald Trump, who made an unexpected appearance in the chamber on Monday morning despite previously saying he did not plan to attend. Skipping the event though were the Japanese and Australian prime ministers and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The host, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, says he ‘told leaders not to come with fancy speeches, but with concrete commitments’ that go beyond the 2015 Paris climate pact.”

Anthony Adragna and Ryan Heath, “Trump threatens to overshadow U.N. climate push,” Politico, September 23, 2019 11:35 am

28,349. 9/11/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @PrisonPlanet: A ship carrying passengers who included a group of ‘Climate Change Warriors’ who are concerned about melting Arctic ice g…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 11, 2019 10:41 pm

28,130. 9/4/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “8 FACTS that #FakeNewsCNN will ignore in tonight’s ‘Climate Forum’”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 4, 2019 4:08 pm

27,944. 8/30/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “World leaders and major companies intent on dealing with climate change have settled on a strategy for handling President Donald Trump: snub him. When Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed withdrawing Obama-era rules to limit emissions of methane from oil and gas wells or pipelines, major oil companies said they wanted the rules to remain. Some of the world’s largest automakers are ignoring the administration’s attempt to do away with rising fuel efficiency mandates. And when Trump skipped a climate change session at the G-7 summit last weekend, other world leaders said they were better off without him…Trump’s scorn for collective action to address global environmental consequences could have a lasting impact, freeing other leaders like Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro to pursue their own nationalist policies. But the world leaders who are still committed to addressing climate change are now looking beyond Trump’s tenure.”

Zach Colman, “A new strategy on climate: Try to outlast Trump,” Politico, August 30, 2019 1:22 pm

27,904. 8/29/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses. Half of those environmental rollback attempts, like the new methane reversal, will undercut efforts by previous administrations to reduce emissions and fight climate change. Many of these efforts have been challenged in the courts; whether the administration will succeed in achieving all of its goals is far from certain…One critical effort by the Trump administration was its announcement in 2017 that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.”

John Schwartz, “Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing,” The New York Times online, August 29, 2019

27,369. 8/12/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT/ESA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Monday [8-12-19] announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law and making it harder to protect wildlife from the multiple threats posed by climate change. The new rules would make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for threatened species, the classification one step below endangered. And, for the first time, regulators would be allowed to conduct economic assessments — for instance, estimating lost revenue from a prohibition on logging in a critical habitat — when deciding whether a species warrants protection. Critically, the changes would also make it more difficult for regulators to factor in the effects of climate change on wildlife when making those decisions because those threats tend to be decades away, not immediate. Over all, the revised rules appear very likely to clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live.”

Lisa Friedman, “U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act,” The New York Times online, August 12, 2019

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