Trump’s executive order threatens US’ disaster prevention efforts: experts say
Experts have once again warned that U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently issued executive order to sweep away Obama administration’s climate change regulations could endanger efforts to build resilience to potential natural disasters.
Oxfam America’s climate change policy manager Heather Coleman and many other experts have warned that Trump’s executive order would make it harder to for government to cap global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Speaking on the issue, Coleman said, “These reversals are coming at a moment when the impacts of climate change are intensifying. The president is playing politics with people’s lives.”
The executive order’s main target is former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was introduced to force states to cut their carbon emissions from electricity generation facilities.
Many believe that it would be hard for the government to obey and fulfill its commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change if it removes the Clean Power Plan. Experts have also warned that the rate of recurrence as well as rigorousness of natural disasters like floods and droughts is on the increase and costs are unprecedented.