Climate Change Trumped Up?Wednesday 25th January 2017
Donald Trump is now in the White House, and no sooner had he been inaugurated had he started to make his promised changes, at least in words on the ‘new’ White House website. Climate change dismissed as a burden, the new administration seemed to feel climate change and global warming are Trumped up!
The removal of all climate change related content on the White House website was actioned as the inauguration took place, with the posting of "An America First Energy Plan". This new energy plan concentrated on cutting “burdensome regulations on our energy industry.”
The website states: “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan….and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.”
As the Washington Post noted that “Those are just words - but an action hours later by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had more teeth.”
Priebus sent out a memo for a freeze on new pending regulations - this hits right across government, but also stops four almost completed energy efficiency standards under development by the US Energy Department. The new standards were aimed at lowering energy consumption, cut consumer utility bills and reduce harmful emissions.
What does this mean for the energy efficiency industry? Rather than throw hands in horror, bear in mind that their is a view that a growing demand for energy efficiency will result.
Despite the American administration’s view on climate change and related action, the majority of American’s, according to Pew Research, feel differently. If fossil fuels use and fracking increase, using what energy is used efficiently has an added bonus - reducing the need for as much resources as could be the case - let alone reducing energy bills.
Many see dark clouds for environmental efforts in the States, with good reason, a but silver lining may glint for energy efficiency to offset some of those policy and regulation changes.
Wednesday 25th January 2017