The degradation of environmental protections has been one of the hallmark policies of a Trump administration more interested in generating profits for the energy industry — companies that remain steadfast Republican political donors — than in preserving the health and safety of the planet’s inhabitants.
From Donald Trump’s reversal of our nation’s commitment to follow the protocols of the Paris Climate Accord to his authorization of energy leases in previously pristine federal wilderness land to his appointment of agency leaders hostile to environmentalists’ agendas in key government positions, every move made by this administration in matters concerning our global climate emergency has pushed our nation further away from addressing the most pressing existential issue of our time.
It’s not surprising, therefore, that when first daughter Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to crow about a remarkable 9.2% predicted reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States this year, she faced considerable pushback from the astute commentators on her post.
FACT: Greenhouse gases generated by the U.S. will slide 9.2% this year, tumbling to the lowest level in at least three decades. @EPA
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 24, 2020
The post seemed to infer that Trump administration policies were responsible for the rare good news about the climate-damaging emissions levels generated by our country and, in a twisted way, that may actually be true.
Unfortunately, it was not the environmental policies that caused the reduction in greenhouse gasses, but the administration’s failed policies in containing the COVID-19 virus — subsequently leading to a shutdown of so many major industries and a lockdown that kept people from commuting in their cars to their workplaces — that has led to the unexpected dip in pollutants, as the comments on Ivanka’s tweets reminded her.
Fact check they are responsible for reduction in green house emissions reducing as they made the pandemic way worse than it should have been! She’s taking credit for it 🤣 maybe she likes the idea of killing thousands to reduce emissions, rather than companies taking action.
— Shezza #FBPE equality #PR 🏳️🌈🇿🇦🇬🇧🇮🇹🇪🇺🤿 (@GSheralee) November 24, 2020
Greenhouse emissions down.
Trump swamp gas emissions up.
— Shore Patrol 420 ☠️☠️☠️USCG VET (@CFrost420) November 24, 2020
While the deficit grows by $$trillions. They have robbed the US Treasury to pad the stocks and bonds markets.
— Karyotic (@realKaryotic) November 24, 2020
Far easier for other people to do the work. That’s what the little people are for.
— MD (@mccdoe3289) November 24, 2020
— Heathir (Register to vote) (@mckee_heathir) November 24, 2020
FACT: 'A Real Scorched-Earth Effort.' On his way out, Trump pushes through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. https://t.co/GeCwp5boOQ
— LibertyBansTrump (@YesWeCan4Us) November 24, 2020
Truth… humans breathe easier when their shoulders arent constantly tensed up pic.twitter.com/vgMuqkqmmT
— Rogue (@Kaminari_Irie) November 24, 2020
Ivanka may not be getting quite the response to her post that she expected, but it’s difficult to feel sorry for her as she starts packing her bags to face the scorn of the world outside her Trump bubble in Washington DC and has to try to fit back into polite New York society.
Perhaps she should have pushed what is her likely faux environmental concerns a little harder to help steer her father’s policies so we wouldn’t need a failed pandemic response to achieve a greenhouse gas reduction milestone.
Original reporting by Travis Gettys at RawStory.
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