The 'Burn It All Down' Approach: Trump Uses Dire Warming Predictions to Justify Increasing Emissions

September 17, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Despite the Trump administration’s own prediction that by the end of this century, the world could warm “a disastrous” 7°F, or about 4°C, above pre-industrial levels, the president has decided not to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but instead to use the devastating findings to justify and intensify his pro-fossil fuel agenda.

“The amazing thing they’re saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it.”
—Michael MacCracken, former federal scientist

Buried in a 500-page draft environmental impact statement (pdf) published by the Department of Transportation last month, and highlighted by a Washington Post report on Friday, is the “startling assumption” about just how high the planet’s temperature will soar by 2100.

The document was produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a defense of the administration’s proposal to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks.

“While the proposal would increase greenhouse gas emissions, the impact statement says, that policy would add just a very small drop to a very big, hot bucket,” the Post explained. “The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.”

The document’s conclusions, and the Trump administration’s subsequent moves to push policies that appease polluting industries at the expense of people and the environment, baffled and alarmed experts.