“Simply put, Donald Trump is who we thought he is: a person who will sell off Americans’ property and tribal rights, clean air and safe water to corporate polluters.” – Michael Brune – Executive Director of the Sierra Club
Apparently when Press Secretary “Baghdad Sean ” Spicer said Trump was “working on climate change with his team”, he meant working to bring it on as quickly as possible. Because in a slap in the face to environmentalists, climate change scientists and Native Americans, Donald Trump has decided to revive both the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines.
Trump even tweeted a picture of this miserable moment for the planet and people who care about it. Notice the large number of empathy-free white people in the photo.
Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/OErGmbBvYK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017
This decision should come as no surprise as Trump has filled his cabinet with a rogues gallery of climate change deniers and oil and gas company execs. Still it comes as a blow to anyone hoping he would be true to his word when he said, “I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment.” One has to wonder now if he meant “very big” as in a very big threat.
In an epic display of gaslighting, Trump has even claimed to have been honored by environmental groups, saying, “I have received awards on the environment.” This claim – like most of what he says – has been shown to be complete bulls**t.
The condemnation of this move has been swift. Michael Brune, executive director of the environmental organisation the Sierra Club said, “Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate we feared he would be. Simply put, Donald Trump is who we thought he is: a person who will sell off Americans’ property and tribal rights, clean air and safe water to corporate polluters.”
Both pipelines would be a disaster for the environment and for the people whose land they would run through and whose water they would pollute. It looks like the months long protests at Standing Rock look like they will certainly be back on. Let’s hope they will have less police brutality this time around.
Dakota Access is also troubling from an ethical standpoint since Trump owns shares in the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners. His spokesman, Hope Hicks, has claimed he’s removed this conflict of interest but has yet to provide any evidence.
Petty soon I’m sure he’ll be claiming, “I’ve gotten numerous awards for not having invested in Energy Transfer Partners. I’m the best at not having invested in them. The best.”