Climate Change Policy Gets Left Behind
Dramatic issues like COVID-19, the racial justice movement, mail-in voting disputes, and Supreme Court appointments have occupied headlines in 2020. As a result, many other policy issues have barely been discussed this campaign season, such as the climate change policy.
With so many pressing and controversial issues facing the country, discussions around the environment have taken a backseat. But to environmental scientists and policy experts it’s the most pressing issue the country can address.
Climate change affects millions
Hurricanes are causing millions of dollars worth of damage in coastal states. Fires are destroying homes and forests on the West Coast. Temperature extremes, both in the winter and the summer, are on the rise. Across the country, the effects of climate change are impacting homes, land, livelihoods, and lives.
Trump’s regressive environmental policies
President Trump refuses to acknowledge climate science when addressing national crises like wildfires and hurricanes. And his record on climate change policy has been regressive from an environmental perspective.
For example, he pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement. He opened up logging in Alaska’s pristine Tongass National Forest. And he allowed oil companies to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last unspoiled wild lands in the world.
Campaign themes don’t reflect climate urgency
With so many big issues in the spotlight, 2020 political campaigns have dedicated little attention to climate change. But while the problem of climate change might not be as urgent as the pandemic, it’s a critical problem that needs to be solved quickly.
Until the climate crisis is solved, the country will continue to become a more dangerous place for people vulnerable to wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme weather, and the effects of environmental degradation. Ignoring climate change will only make the problem more difficult to solve.