News Digest: UMEI Presidential election stories

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

“Global tragedy” to come if Trump pulls back on climate change efforts, U of M expert says

Michigan Radio, feat. Mark Barteau

Energy policy will change under the new administration and state policies in places such as Michigan are more likely to look like Trump policies than Obama polices. That's the opinion of Mark A. Barteau, the director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute.

Trump has made clear statements that he believes climate change is a hoax and he plans to dismantle the Obama administration’s energy policies. This will affect gas and oil production. Trump has also said he’ll bring “clean coal” production back, but it's not certain there is market demand.

Read more(link is external)

What happens if there's an outright denial of climate science from the White House?

Michigan Radio, feat. Andrew Hoffman

This year is likely to be the hottest on record. Scientists with the World Meteorological Organization announced that recently, as world leaders met in Morocco to talk about limiting the impacts of climate change.

President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax, and he’s said he’ll withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Andy Hoffman is a professor with the Ross School of Business and education director for the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

Read more

How will President Trump treat the Great Lakes?

MLive, feat. Mark Barteau

What does a Donald Trump Administration mean for the Great Lakes?

Academics, legislators, scientists, environmental groups and citizens are pondering the breadth and depth of that question following the American electorate's decision to make the New York businessman president.

Trump has made no secret of his skepticism toward climate change, but he also supports nationwide infrastructure investment. Both are key issues that will greatly impact the eight-state Great Lakes region and its vast freshwater resources in some overlapping and possibly competing ways.

Read more

Why Trump’s vow to kill Obama’s sustainability agenda will lead business to step in and save it

The Conversation, feat. Joe Arvai

During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, committed to easing restrictions on drilling and mining on federal lands, and promised to push for oil pipelines and other controversial energy infrastructure.

Perhaps most troubling to the sustainability community, however, is his vow to abolish President Barack Obama’s executive actions on climate change, such as the Clean Power Plan. He also promised to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which he claimed was bad for business and threatened U.S. sovereignty.

Read more(link is external)

Can Trump deliver on immense energy, climate promises?

E&E News, feat. Barry Rabe

President-elect Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to topple just about every major energy and environment policy enacted in the past eight years.

From torpedoing the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan and international climate deal to expanding oil and gas development and overhauling the regulatory system, the incoming administration has big promises to keep.

But while massive change is expected, Trump will face limits on carrying out his plans.

Read more

Student and faculty concerned over Trump administration policy platform

The Michigan Daily, feat. Mark Barteau

Following the unexpected victory of President-elect Donald Trump early Wednesday morning, in addition to issues of safety, racism and hateful speech, many students and faculty on the University of Michigan campus are worried about climate change, economic, immigration and women’s health policies under a Trump presidency and a Republican-dominated Congress.

Most concerning, LSA senior Hannah Moore said Tuesday night, is the fear of an entirely unchecked Republican controlled government and the policies that will be blocked by the executive and legislative branches. Republicans now have control over both chambers of the legislature and the White House for the first time since 1928.

Read more

Where will the Great Lakes fit into Donald Trump's agenda?

Detroit Free Press, feat. Mark Barteau

Expect a dramatic reduction in emphasis on combating climate change, more fossil fuel mining and drilling and less environmental regulation generally under a Donald Trump presidency.

That's the consensus of academics and environmental advocates as they rush to read the tea leaves of Trump's campaign rhetoric and his transition team moves to discern how he will act on environmental issues following the Republican businessman's upset victory in Tuesday's presidential election.

Read more(link is external)


What to expect from President Trump

Michigan Ross, feat. Thomas Lyon

“Based on his own comments, there is one overarching feature to a Trump Administration's energy policy: As president, Donald Trump will pretend climate change does not exist. This is an increasingly untenable position, even for committed climate ‘skeptics.’ His energy policy will encourage investment in high-carbon energy sources that will look foolish in retrospect. And he will anger much of the rest of the world by reneging on policies designed to address global challenges.”

Read more

Climate and energy experts speak out on Trump’s views

Scientific American, feat. Andrew Hoffman

The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s next president spurred celebration in some quarters and dismay in others, including among those concerned about the steady warming of the planet.

The unrestrained emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have altered the Earth’s climate, raising sea levels, impacting ecosystems, and increasingly the likelihood of extreme weather. In terms of numbers, the world’s temperature has risen by more than 1°F since 1900 and 2016 is expected to be the hottest year on record.

Read more

What might Trump mean for science?

Science Media Centre, feat. Mark Barteau

During his campaign, Donald Trump said he would repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and reinforced his stance as a climate sceptic.

The Washington Post reported that the surprise election hurled international climate change negotiations into doubt, as the Marrakech climate summit – COP22 – continues.

Princeton University professor of geosciences and international affairs Michael Oppenheimer told The Washington Post that if Trump doesn’t honour the Paris Agreement’s commitments, “that virtually guarantees that the international process will fall into disarray”.

Read more