Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

EARTH TALK ; Environmental Activism Stepping Up against Trump

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

EARTH TALK ; Environmental Activism Stepping Up against Trump

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Dear EarthTalk: What are environmentalists doing to prepare for a Trump presidency? - Robert Eckholm, Washington, D.C.

Many different interest groups are worried about what Donald Trump's ascendancy to the White House will mean for their causes, but perhaps none are as concerned as environmental and climate activists. The new administration has vowed to gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cancel the carbon-busting Clean Power Plan and pull out of the landmark Paris climate accord. And environmentalists are bracing for attempts by the new White House to lift off-shore oil and gas drilling moratoria and restart the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects across the nation's heartland.

In the face of these likely assaults, what are plans to counteract Trump's anti-green moves? The Sierra Club kicked things off in December by projecting a huge image of rising seas and the words "Don't Trump the planet onto the side of the Trump Building on Wall Street in New York City. The group has attracted more donors in the weeks since Trump's election than in the previous four years, and is focusing in the short term on derailing Scott Pruitt as Trump's pick to head the EPA.

The Sierra Club has also kicked its Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign into high gear, given Trump's hints that he would try to green light more oil and gas development projects. Sierra Club activists have helped organize and staff protest camps along the proposed route of the Sabal Trail Transmission, an oil and gas pipeline slated to cross through sensitive natural habitats in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Meanwhile, 350.org, an advocacy group committed to building a global grassroots climate movement, has pledged to spend January fighting to derail Trump's anti-environment cabinet picks. The group organized a "national day of action on Jan. 9, targeting key Senators who say they recognize the threat of climate change, but haven't yet come out against Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt and other climate change deniers in the cabinet. …

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