On Monday, President Barack Obama said that the momentum behind clean energy is a virtually unstoppable force, regardless of what President-elect Donald Trump may seek to accomplish in tarnishing Obama’s environmental legacy.
Mr. Trump has promised to expand the production of fossil fuels, as well as follow through with other environmentally disastrous actions.
In an article published in the journal of Science, President Obama writes about the many milestones reached in the clean energy sector in recent time — including falling prices and increased investments from the private sector. Furthermore, Obama explains that others around the world are beginning to take note. These are all good news for the future of clean energy, he claims, and “should put to rest the argument that combatting climate change requires accepting lower growth or a lower standard of living.”
“This should not be a partisan issue. It is good business and good economics to lead a technical revolution and define market trends.”
Obama’s journal article is one of many moves that the President has taken in his final months in office in order to try to maintain his administration’s legacy as staunch in protecting the environment and supporting environmental progress. Obama has protected more land and water than any of those who came before him. On his watch, the country ratified the Paris climate agreement, the Clean Power Plan, and other measures that have the potential to decrease emissions from the production of energy.
Many have worried, however, that President-elect Donald Trump could dismantle all of the good that President Obama has done for the environment. Mr. Trump has promised to dismantle the EPA, repeal the Clean Power Plan, and support the Keystone XL pipeline. Possibly the most disturbing statement that Trump has made is when openly called climate change “bullshit.”