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Climate Change in the Election

November 7, 2016

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It is frightening and hard to imagine that there will be a new president in the next week, especially since one candidate is a misogynistic egomaniac and the other withheld emails that concerned the safety of the American people. However, what is more alarming is the fact that, according to NASA, carbon dioxide emissions are up 404.42 parts per million, land ice is decreasing 281 gigatonnes per year, and sea levels are increasing 3.4 millimeters per year. Climate change is a pressing threat to the entire world, and the next president of the United States will have substantial power over America’s role in climate change.

 

Historically, the Democratic party has been more proactive in the urgency of fighting climate change than the Republican party, mostly due to the fact that more democrats believe in climate change than republicans. As we can see in this election, Hillary Clinton is determined to work on ameliorating sustainability in America. Clinton has stated her goals towards sustainability on her campaign website, which include launching a $60 billion clean energy initiative, addressing low-income families, in particular, investing in clean energy infrastructure and innovation, and cutting wasteful tax subsidies on oil and gas companies. Moreover, in accordance with Business Insider, Clinton wants to uphold the Paris Agreement to alter the effects of global warming.

 

Although Clinton’s goals might seem a little bit advantageous, her acknowledgment of the urgency of climate change is a step forward for America. The United States has been one of the greatest emitters of greenhouse gasses, and it is preposterous that many political figures do not believe in this problem, like Donald Trump. Similar to Donald Trump, many Republicans oppose the possibility of climate change including Senator Jim Inhofe, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rand Paul, and much more. These politicians believe that humans are ignorant to believe that they themselves could change the climate. Trump rejects clear and inordinate amount evidence on climate change provided by scientists. In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He has expanded on the idea that he does not want to waste financial resources on climate change, which includes taxes or tariffs on companies that emit greenhouse gas. In his mind, a tax on these American industries would hurt manufacturing and lower the amount of companies that stay in the United States. Can we rely on a president whose aims for the environment are for profit and not sustainability?

 

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have their obvious flaws; however, the candidate who is more progressive and cares for the future of the American people is more fit to be president. Clinton addresses the urgency of environmental issues and also offers several resolutions, while Trump uses the economic goals of the Chinese as a scapegoat for climate change. It is necessary that the next president of the United States has the best interest of American safety and prosperity and that is Hillary Clinton.

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