Will Trump’s Climate Change Opinions Affect The 2020 Presidential Campaign?

Sep 15, 2020

Climate change was amongst the key topics discussed during the US presidential campaign taking place on Monday, 14th September. The two candidates demonstrated just how different their leadership tactics are.

When questioned on America’s actions in prevention of the devastating California fires and the worryingly increasing global temperatures, the 45th President of the United States shrugged off global warming. And commented that, “it will start getting cooler”. When told that science cannot be ignored, Trump answered, “I don’t think science knows actually.”


Contradiction in opinions during the Presidential campaign

Joe Biden counterattacked his opponent, accusing the POTUS of ignoring the climate crisis that was a direct threat to the US nation. “If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House. Why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?” he asked. “If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House. Why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater?”

President Trump continuously disregarded the topic of climate change during his administration. He has dubbed it a “hoax” created by China to harm the US manufacturing industry. The Trump administration overturned over 70 pivotal environmental regulations. Such as the laws on greenhouse gas emissions established by the former President, Barrack Obama. Donald Trump also eased regulation on methane production and lowered fuel economy standards on vehicles.

Perhaps one of the most drastic measures the Trump administration took was to withdraw the United States from Paris Climate Agreement. Claiming that, “The Paris Agreement handicaps the United States’ economy. In order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country’s expense”. Joe Biden aggressively asserted that should he win the election, he will restore the environmental laws that Trump revoked and rejoin the Paris Agreement.