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Liz Perez Halperin: Environment will define the Donald Trump era

The #IndigenousRising hashtag is projected onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2017. Photo by Indianz.Com / Available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Liz Perez Halperin, a veteran, an Obama-era Champion of Climate Change and citizen of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, believes President Donald Trump will bring greater attention to climate change:
The Trump era will, one day, be used as a case study for how it catapulted the environmental industry forward and brought greater attention to climate change. According to IBISWorld, the environmental consulting industry will grow 18.6 billion despite current efforts to dismantle the system of environmental protections put in place decades ago. The environment will be the defining feature of the Trump presidency. Just as terrorism sparked by the attacks of 9/11 defined the Bush presidency, and the economic crisis of 2008 defined the Obama presidency, I predict that the environment will be a defining feature in the Trump presidency.

Despite or perhaps because of the administration’s threat to dismantle EPA regulations, the Clean Air Act, climate change policies, the Paris agreement and others for the sake of corporate power and interest, there has been an increase in awareness and focus on the issue.

Trump’s own Defense Secretary, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, called climate change a national security issue. Even though government has a hand in establishing environmental and energy regulations and policy, military leaders and big businesses are in the driver’s seat. The answer is simple: security and money.

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