Trump Faces A Divided Country As He Attempts To Move America To The Right; Obama’s Progressive Environmental Legacy At Risk

The political platform of president elect Donald Trump is still in the planning stages but with the selections of Steve Bannon as chief strategist, Ret. General Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, and Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, the shift to the right is abundantly clear and will impact Trump’s domestic agenda over a host of issues from immigration, national security, environment, and energy policy.

Steve Bannon was a former executive of far right website Breitbart News which has connections to the alt-right and has been accused of floating right-wing conspiracy theories which the New York Daily News reported on.

Associated Press: Trump Lost The Popular Vote By Over 1.5 Million

Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 1.5 million votes and still counting, a wider margin than Al Gore won the popular vote over George Bush in 2000.

President-elect Trump will soon be facing a divided America with a clear majority of voting Americans who didn’t even vote for him or support his right leaning policies.

Following the November 8th presidential election outcome, America woke up to unprecedented protests across several U.S. cities along with a Not My President campaign from Americans who remain deeply troubled by the shape of American leadership that will govern in Washington over the next four years.

President Obama’s legacy ushering in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and supporting green environmental policies remains at risk under a future Trump administration.

Trump has called climate change a “hoax” invented by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive and will soon be surrounded by other climate change deniers in his administration who are skeptical of scientific evidence of climate change from sources such as NASA.

Given his anti-climate change stance, Trump is likely to cut funding for U.N. programs that support climate change programs and also reduce climate study research dollars at NASA which has researched and educated Americans about the reality of climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has already concluded that “scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”

Past Three Octobers Were Hottest On Record 

According to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York who measured monthly analysis of global temperatures, October 2016 was the second warmest October in 136 years of modern record-keeping, just behind October 2015 which was officially the hottest on record.

October 2014 was the third hottest on record.

Based on views from 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists, “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.”

Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

NASA has confirmed that satellites and new technology have helped scientists to detect climate change trends.

“Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate” NASA wrote.

The United States is the second largest CO2 emitter behind China.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA), power plants are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions with nearly 1,500 facilities emitting approximately 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, approximately 30 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas pollution in 2015.

Petroleum and natural gas systems are the second largest stationary source of emissions.

Under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA has acted to address carbon pollution from the power, transportation, and industrial sectors, and also improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses and factories.

President Obama has taken steps to improve efficiency standards on automobiles to lower carbon emissions.

In July 2011, Obama made an agreement with 13 automobile makers to increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light duty trucks by 2025.

President elect Donald Trump could decide to unwind the progress President Obama has made with the environment over the past 8 years.

Trump has made the fossil fuel industry his priority over renewables and green energy while pledging to reduce environmental regulations and break away from the Paris Agreement concerning climate change.

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