China, which wants to be seen as part of the global village is currently doing more, at least in legislation, than the United States to protect the environment (and that includes not only climate, but also endangered species, animals in captivity, and illegal hunting).
China views this as a good economic move in the long-term.
The question is will the incoming administration and Republican majority put us on a backwards tract or move us forward? At the moment the question is an open one. While campaigning Trump came out against the pro-environment Paris Accord (10.5.16). Yet, his nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, supports the Paris Accord (and claims to be concerned about global warming). On the other hand Trump’s nominee for Department of Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, is not known for a pro-environmental stance.
On the other-hand id Trump is sincere about improving the U.S. economy, not only in the short-term, but also in the long term, dealing with environmental issues offers opportunities for job creation as well long-term economic stability.
If you care about the environment please contact your representatives in both Houses and let them know your concerns.
[Please note this post is not about bad-mouthing, or praising, Trump or his nominees, but simply raising a question. If you comment please keep the comments civil and to the point of the environment and what the U.S. and other countries are doing or not doing, or should be doing. Comments that are off-subject or snarky will be deleted.]