Here’s How the Trump Admin Is Cozying Up to Fossil Fuels Now

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has a big ol’ crush on the fossil fuel industry. Whether it’s creating a new offshore drilling plan, cutting renewable energy funding or blatantly tying the U.S.’s success to its “energy dominance,” just about every policy is an attack on environmentalism.

This past week, the White House has taken a couple more unusual steps to further its relationships with oil, gas and coal corporations:

1. JOINING BIG OIL’S SIDE ON LAWSUITS

The cities of San Francisco and Oakland have each sued some of the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies for the climate damage they’ve created. Now the federal government is getting involved, but not on the cities’ side: the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department filed court documents voicing its support for the oil and gas companies on this matter.

According to the Justice Department, the executive branch needs to maintain the right to set emissions standards.

“Federal courts are poorly equipped to handle this multitude of cases and the associated complex scientific, economic and technical issues,” the 24-page brief says. “Balancing the nation’s energy needs and economic interests against the risks posed by climate change should be left to the political branches of the federal government.”

That might make sense if the administration were itself equipped to grapple with these issues. Until it gives any indication that climate change is even a consideration, it seems wholly appropriate for the cities to take on this matter themselves. By teaming with the likes of Chevron and Exxon, it’s obvious where the administration stands.

2. FORMING A PRO-FOSSIL FUEL ALLIANCE

The administration is in the early stages of forming a multinational coalition that it wants to call the “Clean and Advanced Fossil Fuel Alliance.” From the jump, it’s difficult to avoid laughing at the name. Fossil fuels are anything but clean, and there’s nothing “advanced” about the same energy sources that have been irresponsibly used for most of modern civilization.

The alliance would be in response to United Nations-led climate talks about ending the use of coal. The White House hopes to start a movement to promote clean coal instead. [Don’t get it twisted, though: “clean” coal is not a real thing.]

The hypothetical group’s mission to “access and use fossil fuels more cleanly” is a wild premise. We already know that renewable energy is cleaner than the existing alternatives, so what is the sense in trying to make dirty energy a modicum less dirty? If the fossil fuel industries think their products are a part of a clean future, why have they spent the last few decades intentionally obfuscating climate science?

While there’s something to be said of finding the cleanest possible solutions for resources like coal so long as developing nations continue to rely on them, it’s not a substitute for taking more significant steps to counter the threat of climate change.

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52 comments

Lisa M
Lisa M10 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M10 days ago

Noted.

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Janis K
Janis K10 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Renee S
Renee S22 days ago

i love all the tolerance here, no bigotry here, no hatred here

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan H22 days ago

thanks

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JinnySITEISSUES L

Self-serving fools who support fossil fuels. Thanks for posting.

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D25 days ago

Donald the disaster strikes...again... Anyone shocked?? No?? I didn't think so...

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Sandra P
Sandra P25 days ago

http://www.ciel.org/news/fueling-plastics/ Fueling Plastics - a massive investment in new upstream plastic production facilities which, if constructed, will produce the fundamental materials from which most other plastics are made. This new wave of US investment follows recent or ongoing expansions marine environments, coastal communities, food chains, and more, harming people and the environment upon which they depend. Recent shifts in shale gas development in the United States are driving excess production and consumption of plastic, especially single-use plastics commonly used in packaging, is causing widespread contamination of the environment, including pervasive plastics pollution in the world’s oceans.

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Carole R
Carole R26 days ago

Oh dear .... :0(

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Henry M
Henry M26 days ago

The US government needs to stop stocking agencies with people who have long histories working in the industries that those agencies are ment to police.
By the way, clean coal is actually clean. It is just regular coal, but it is burned in special clean facilities that capture the CO2 and sequester it underground. The only problem is that the sequestering process is so energy intensive and expensive that it take about 1/4 of the energy generated by the burning if the coal, so naturally power plant owners don't jump at eco-friendly technology when it cuts their profits by a quarter.

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