Shall we talk about The Donald? We should, given that one of the first things he did as president of the United States was to order the deletion of the ‘climate’ section from the White House website.
His vision of the US’s energy future is, to put it mildly, rather different from that of Barack Obama and could have far-reaching implications for the car industry. Could, but won’t. The Obama administration said its Climate Action Plan would “help prepare for the impacts of climate change and lead international efforts to address climate change”. But on the web page where those statements were published now sits the equivalent of a TV test card.
President Trump is, the White House says, “committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies like the Climate Action Plan”. He is “committed to clean coal technology” and will “refocus the Environmental Protection Agency” away from climate and toward “its mission of protecting our air and water”.
Trump’s energy policy is less about climate change (“I believe in it, but [regulation] is out of control”) and more about money and specifically with Americans making it. “We’ve been held back by regulations on our energy industry,” he says. “Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next seven years. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves.”