For Immediate Release
350.org on Trump’s Energy Plan
WASHINGTON - On the day of his inauguration, Donald Trump issued the “America First Energy Plan” on the White House website, which makes commitments to strip away policies aimed at curbing the climate crisis, including President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The new administration also removed all mentions of climate change from the White House website.
In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“Trump’s energy plan is par for the course of the President’s climate denial, but it’s nonetheless alarming for the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Fulfilling this plan would not only set back years of progress we’ve made towards protecting the climate, but would undoubtedly worsen the devastating impacts of the climate crisis, from rising sea levels to extreme weather. This is not a plan for a brighter future -- it’s a direct obstacle to a livable future, and we will do everything we can to resist it.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.