A nation who can recede global emissions remains abstinent of counter climate change activism. Under the Donald Trump administration, not only has the United States resigned from the Paris climate accords and pushed on with plans to continue production of the Keystone pipeline in its own backyard, it has eyed melting arctic ice caps to bolster the oil and gas industry.
Earlier this year in Finland, at a conference for arctic states to discuss melting sea-ice, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gave a speech contrasting its participants. He said…
“The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance,”…”It houses 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil, 30 percent of its undiscovered gas, an abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources, fisheries galore.”
“Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade,”…”This could potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West by as much as 20 days.”
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Not only does this contradict the Trump administration’s constant rebuking of a climate crisis, but it uncovers and spotlights a reckless and unkempt consumption of fossil fuels at the expense of the environment. Although we are familiar with the current administration’s perpetual contradictory statements, there has been a constant on climate change from the lips of President Trump.
However, the May 2019 statement by Mr Pompeo evaded much-needed press. Not only does it demonstrate impunity from environmental affairs and United Nations goals, but it is also proof President Trump understands the severity of the climate crisis. To brazenly state an understanding of disappearing arctic ice caps, is to say publicly, loud and clear, that he believes in climate change and the danger it wields. But in President Trump’s eyes, it seems a love for the wrong sort of green trumps all.