Trump’s executive order emboldens the cancer that is climate change denial and threatens the sustainability of our nation.

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“Disaster.” That is one of President Donald J. Trump’s favorite words, isn’t it? Everything is a disaster to Trump. Obamacare? Disaster. NAFTA? Disaster. Foreign policy? Disaster. National security? Disaster.

He likes the word so much that he even seemingly wants to create one – perhaps the nation’s very biggest, ever – all on his own.

As of Tuesday of this week, the new president and climate-denier-in-chief signed an executive order that would see the rollback of highly effective, Obama-era climate change provisions that – if put in place – would be the nation’s worst policy disaster yet under the new administration.

The executive order is a placation to the coal industry; one that erroneously promises both prosperity and longevity to an industry whose lifespan is already finite.

It is a re-election 2020 con to secure the votes of the coal industry’s desperate workers who have seen their jobs and livelihoods steadily decline over the past few decades. To perpetuate his “job-friendly” facade, the president is willfully risking American health, lives and even security.

The entire exercise is a futile sideshow at the behest of the coal lobby; a finely-tuned propaganda machine that refuses to admit that it has lost. In the 150 years that coal has been mined in this country, we have all but stripped reserves and resources. Those that are left are either too dangerous and expensive to obtain, or just not high-enough quality to use.

Trump’s ill-informed methods pose a serious risk to our own longevity. Air pollution – largely in part due to coal-related processes – kills seven million people across the world each year. Relaxed mining restrictions threaten the very ecosystems that we as humans – nevermind agriculture and wildlife – depend on to live.

The executive order is a placation to the coal industry; one that erroneously promises both prosperity and longevity to an industry whose lifespan is already finite.

Wildfires, droughts and extreme weather patterns continue to increase rampantly and affect regions of America – not to mention famine and wars abroad – that would otherwise have a far better chance of survival if not for our leader’s disdain for science and accountability. Trump’s plans embolden the cancer that is climate change denial and threatens the sustainability of our nation; not only as a healthy and prosperous people, but a leader in advancement on the world stage. It strikes hard at our national credibility; marking the U.S. as the first and only out of 195 nations to not meet the obligations set forth by the Paris Climate Accord.

True, Trump’s rollback may afford a few more years of life into the coal industry, but they are few at best. If his motives were truly set on benefiting jobs and increasing domestic energy output, he would focus on renewable energy and all the benefits it presents across the board. As of today, the U.S. solar industry alone now employs twice as many workers as coal and more workers than both the oil and gas industry combined. The nation – and the world at large – has been in aggressive pursuit of cleaner, more efficient energy sources like wind, solar and air power for quite some time now. Contrary to what the Trump administration is feeding the coal industry, this pursuit has existed long before the Obama presidency.

Putting money into that would truly be “making America great.” But that isn’t Trump’s real goal, is it?

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Tim is an elementary educator on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, NYC whose writing interests primarily focus on Education and Economics. He holds a Masters in Education from Pace University and currently resides in Hastings, NY. He is also a die-hard Mets fan.