Week 5: Global Warming

Week 5 (4/2-4/8) theme for Art as the Message

On Monday of this past week, in a ceremony flanked by coal miners, the President signed an executive order that will do more to favor greenhouse gasses than individual out-of-work miners. There is little evidence that increased coal production will lead to more jobs for people down in the mines.

While this EO doesn’t dismantle the EPA or pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreements it does call for a review all existing regulations & orders that “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources”

Among these existing regulations are the requirements that drillers to detect and stop methane leakage and the “Clean Power Plan” which required all new coal power plants to use carbon capture and storage technology. 

Lawmakers may also no longer need to factor in the impact of a regulation on climate change under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

Full text of the EO at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/read-full-text-trumps-executive-order-energy-climate-change/

At current rates of global warming, a projected 7 foot rise in sea levels around Palm Beach by the end of this century could flood out some or all of of Mar-a-Lago. The “Winter White House” is at risk!

(http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/13/rising-seas-threaten-jewel-trump-real-estate-empire/bsleB73TesDoLcVxJBK9LP/story.html).

Clearly there is more at stake than Trump golfing on a soggy golf course. 

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