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  • Clarity of Signal (3698 posts)
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    Trump Is Anti-Environment, But So Was Obama


    While the incoming Trump administration shows a callous disregard for the environment, liberals have conveniently forgotten that some of the most disastrous environmental and public health crises in U.S. history have occurred on President Obama’s watch.
    By Eric Draitser  Stopimperialism | December 29, 2016

    NEW YORK — (Analysis) It’s rather easy, and undoubtedly necessary, to lambast President-elect Donald Trump and his team of corporate parasites who will soon head nearly every key agency in the U.S. government.

    Of note are the pro-fracking, anti-environmental protections positions of everyone from the nominee for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, to the incoming head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. Such appointments signal a reckless abandonment of even the pretense of safeguarding vital resources such as air, water, and soil, among many others, at a time when many in the scientific community are ringing the alarm about our quickly unraveling biosphere.

    However, while we rightly protest against this direct threat to our existence as a species, many have chosen to employ the age-old tactic of every ideologue from time immemorial: selective memory.

    Indeed, it wasn’t Trump, but President Barack Obama, who held the reins of the federal government and did nothing while drinking water contamination poisoned the people of Flint, Michigan. It was Obama who expanded offshore oil drilling while paying lip service to environmental responsibility in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill — a 2010 disaster which continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem. It was Obama who signed off on new oil pipelines, approving the construction of the equivalent of 10 Keystone pipelines between 2010 and 2015 alone. Oil and gas shipments by rail continued under his watch.


    Caveat: I don’t agree with the author dividing people into liberals and conservatives. I think it undermines the fact that both sides need to come together and realize they have a common adversary in the global elite that tools like Trump and Obama really represent.

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  • JimLane (1622 posts)
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    1. Because, obviously, the only conceivable categories are pro- and anti-.

    If we can find things in Obama’s record that we don’t like, then he isn’t pro-environment, so the only other possibility is that he’s anti-environment, as is Trump.  We can’t handle more than two categories, because, I guess, we’re just not very bright.

    There’s no difference between the President who disapproved the Keystone Pipeline and the President-Elect who’s promised to approve it.

    There’s no difference between the President who signed the Paris Accords and the President-Elect who’s promised to withdraw from that agreement.

    There’s no difference between the President whose EPA promulgated the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Water Rule and the President-Elect whose proposed EPA Administrator has sued to block both of them.

    Please, don’t bombard me with accounts of Obama’s failings.  I know about them.  This post is about the OP’s implication that Obama and Trump are not significantly different.  The examples above are among those that could be cited to show they are different.  Obama is not Bill McKibben but he is also not Donald Trump.