War on the Environment

The Trump Republican administration is beginning to try to implement its war on the environment, signing another Executive Order to role back the Clean Power Plan.  The Republicans claim that is necessary to save 77,000 coal mining jobs.  That is not going to happen, because automation and market forces are why mining jobs are declining, a trend that started well before these environmental regulations were put in place.  The conversion to renewable energy continues at an accelerating pace.

Similar claims were made by the Republican administration regarding ramming through approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines, where job claims are even more ridiculous.  Only 49 permanent jobs would be created by Keystone.

These continued false narratives are great examples of doublespeak:

Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak

The real reason behind all of this is to roll back regulations that require industry to care for the environment, which does involve some costs.  But those are minute in comparison to the damage industry has done, and continues to do to the Earth.

This Republican administration is fully committed to placing corporate profits above the real needs of the people and Mother Earth.

But we still each need to continue to evaluate how our own lives are impacting the environment.

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