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WaPo: Trump Will Bring ‘Climate Catastrophe’

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

If you vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, you’re voting in favor of “climate catastrophe,” according to liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

“Anyone who takes climate change seriously had better do everything possible to keep Donald Trump out of the White House,” Robinson wrote in a recent op-ed on why Trump would be bad for the fight against global warming.

“Global warming is affecting weather patterns worldwide,” Robinson wrote. “Deniers point out that it is not possible to conclusively blame any given storm or localized heat wave on climate change — and that, yes, it still gets cold in the winter.”

Robinson lists off the commonly-cited figures environmentalists use when talking about global warming, including that “15 of the warmest 16 years on record have come since the turn of the century.”

The liberal columnist then goes on to argue Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be way better for the climate (whatever that means) since she would “build upon President Obama’s efforts to address the issue, which include the historic Paris agreement, seen by many experts as our last best hope to prevent catastrophe.”

Environmentalists have largely backed Clinton this election cycle, worried Trump would undo federal global warming regulations or throw out a United Nations climate treaty.

Trump has called global warming a “hoax” and his energy plans center on boosting oil and natural gas production while also getting rid of onerous regulations on the coal industry.

Politico reported Monday Trump plans on tapping oil executive Forrest Lucas as his interior secretary if elected. Lucas’s potential nomination also has environmentalists fuming.

“Putting an oil executive in charge of our public lands and precious coasts in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida is a virtual guarantee that Trump’s promise to throw open season on drilling in our special places will come true if he’s elected,” Khalid Pitts, the national political director at the Sierra Club, told Politico.

“Obama leaves behind a framework for coordinated international action, more than two decades in the making, that still could fail — but that might, just might, succeed. Trump boasts that he can’t wait to tear it all down,” Robinson wrote.

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