By Norris McDonald
President-Elect Donald Trump is going to try to significantly reduce environmental and energy regulations. With a Republican Congress, such revisions are quite possible. Having experienced the machinations of Washington, DC for three decades, this is Ronald Reagan all over again. This ebb and flow of the regulatory machinery is quite predictable. But the point for the American people and the planet is that clean air is a must, as are global warming and climate change mitigation. Of course, the deniers are in charge now so what to do? My answer? Work with them to utilize technology to create jobs to achieve the prosperity Americans require.
We are promoting a combination of utilizing nuclear power plants and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as the front-line technologies to achieve desired clean environment goals. President-Elect Trump wants a clean environment. He simply is not going to pursue it via a regulatory regimen because in his opinion it retards economic growth.
Nuclear power plants are the catalytic converters of electricity production. It is indisputable that catalytic converters helped to clean the air. It is indisputable that nuclear power plants clean the air due to their emission free nature. Unfortunately, 15 nuclear plants could close in the next five years and 50 plants could close in the next 15 years. This not only threatens clean air gains, but also represents a national security issue because it threatens electricity reliability. Nuclear power plants are also needed to power the hydrogen transportation economy by splitting water molecules to gain access to the element.
Some industry types have questioned why asthma levels are increasing if the air is getting cleaner. A legitimate question. Regardless, worse air due to the closure of nuclear power plants is not an option. More smog surely will not help asthmatics.
EHJ calls upon President-Elect Donald J. Trump and his transition team to take this into consideration during the transition period and during the first 100-days of his administration.
Trump Energy & Environment Items During First 100 Days
- Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars' worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
- Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
- Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure
- American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.