I saw some comments about climate change and equal rights websites being deleted from the White House webpage. These reports are correct, they have been deleted, but it was as part of the transition from Obama to Trump. They obviously have different policies, so what was Obama’s position could not stand on the White House page when he is no longer there. They have been archived and you can still see them on the National Archives website. Trump’s team have started their own “issues” page. That is where critiques can be lodged; removing Obama pages is surely acceptable given the different ideologies of the two men.
The first Trump White House issue is An America First Energy Plan. It refers to “…burdensome regulations on our energy industry.” We will tap shale oil and gas reserves, with the new technologies that have been shown to contaminate ecosystems with by-products and cause instability in the Earth’s surface (i.e. cause earthquakes). We will invest in clean coal energy, which is an oxymoron because coal is never a clean energy source. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested by the government and industry to develop ways to “clean coal” and there are no positive results. Carbon capture and injection has not been successful.
Most savings and reductions in carbon emissions in the last 40 years have been through energy efficiencies and alternative, non-fossil-fuel-based energy sources. Neither of those strategies garner mention in the America First Energy Plan. But if carbon is not an issue, because climate change doesn’t exist, then why reduce carbon emissions?
Maybe Trump needs to re-see pictures of the aftermath of Exxon Valdez. Or look at images from the Cuyahoga River in the 50’s. Or go walk around in Beijing for three days without a face mask. Federal regulations came into place because private corporations were historically unable to police themselves against spoiling the commons. When the commons are privatized, there is no incentive to conserve the resource. As Harding observed, the greatest good for the greatest number is a mathematical impossibility.
I haven’t looked at the other issues yet. Trump did not delete climate change from the White House website – that was part of the transition. But he has deleted it from discussion of our energy future. I am really worried about what else gets deleted as we move forward.
The Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri is recruiting for two graduate assistantships to begin fall term 2017. Students interested in addressing critical challenges of the 21st century – including preserving our natural resources, providing safe and nutritious food for an expanding population, adapting to climate changes, and maintaining sustainable rural livelihoods – are encouraged to apply. The two assistantships can be available at either masters or PhD level, depending on the student’s background and education. To find out more about these assistantships, contact Jere Gilles, Director of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org). To find out more about the Department’s faculty and research interests or to apply for admittance to the program explore the website at http://dass.missouri.edu/ruralsoc. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis, but to be considered for assistantships students must apply by March 1, 2017.”
The Chicago Botanical Garden’s Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (CLM) will be offering three different positions that will be hosted by the Burns District BLM. Each position announcement will be requesting two interns for a grand total of six available internships. Please forward this to any current or recent college graduates that may be interested in the opportunity to work in this unique northern Great Basin region!
Sorry for the short notice, but the deadline for CLM applications is January 15, 2017. To apply, visit the CLM program website at http://www.clminternship.org/