The solar industry may face gray smoggy skies ahead. Today (Jan. 20) Donald Trump (R) was inaugurated as the new President of the US. One of his Administration’s first big changes was eliminating mentions of renewable energy and clean energy from the White House’s website.
The news was met with disdain from environmental advocates like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
"Donald Trump opened his presidency with actions directly at odds with his inaugural message,” exhorted NRDC President Rhea Suh. “Even as he vowed to hold companies to account for moving jobs overseas, he and his team began working to free those same companies to pollute our environment and threaten our health here at home.”
One of the first things Trump’s Administration did was put its America First Energy Plan on the website. It’s a version of things Trump said he would do on the campaign trail and it’s already drawing the ire of conservationists across the country.
"Minutes after he was sworn in, any illusion that Trump would act in the best interests of families in this country as President were wiped away by a statement of priorities that constitute a historic mistake on one of the key crises facing our planet and an assault on public health. What Trump has released is hardly a plan—it’s a polluter wishlist that will make our air and water dirtier, our climate and international relations more unstable, and our kids sicker,” contested Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
The new President’s energy plan mentions nothing about solar, wind, hydro, geothermal or other forms of renewable energy. It does, however, mention “clean coal technology” as well as shale oil, gas and other fossil fuels. Trump’s plan calls the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule unnecessary and says it will create jobs in coal. At this point to make coal cost-competitive the government would have to artificially pay for it. It would also likely cost more overall jobs, particularly if it means cutting renewable energy jobs. It also would likely go against an increasing number of large companies’ wishes.
“This is a shameful and dark start to Trump’s Presidency, and a slap in the face to any American who thought Trump might pursue the national interest,” Brune said.Tweet