Here are some things that Donald Trump is doing to help wreck the environment, the USA, and the world - up to his first four days in office. (This article is an expansion of something I recently wrote at HotWhopper Chat):
- Nominating science-deniers and corporations (or their proxies) to Cabinet positions (like in charge of the EPA)
- Nominating a clueless anti-education person to head up education (keep the plebs ignorant)
- Hastening the destruction of the world in general and that of native Americans, by approving the Keystone and Dakota oil pipelines
- Silencing (not merely censoring) science and environmental organisations: National Parks, EPA, Department of Agriculture etc.
Killing jobs, killing the environment with pipelines
|Donald Trump signing another order to wreck the world. Source: Twitter|
Disadvantaging farmers and the US agricultural sector
From The Hill:
President Trump has banned employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from giving social media updates and speaking with reporters, according to The Associated Press.
The EPA ban comes amid other reports of agency staff being restricted from interacting the members of the Congress or the general public.
BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that the Department of Agriculture instituted a similar ban, telling its employees not to distribute information about research papers or to post on Twitter under the agency's name.
A Tuesday report in the Huffington Post said agency employees under the Department of Health and Human Services were told not to speak to public officials.
Preventing public natural disaster warnings, and climate, agricultural and environment news
The Trump administration has ordered gags on public announcements from Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This includes the National Parks service. In some cases it's even forbidden people to blog. These gag orders will prevent farmers, tourists and the general public from getting critical information when it's needed. That's probably just an unintentional side effect. The aim appears to be to prevent the public from receiving information in general, about new science, the climate and the environment that sustains them.
Walling in Americans
Trump is not just wanting to build a wall to keep out Mexicans and refugees from the Middle East, it seems to me that he is effectively wanting to build a wall to cut off the USA from the rest of the world.
|Donald Trump browbeating US auto manufacturers. Source: Twitter.|
Killing women and harming the poor
He and his band of old men has just signed the Gag order to kill not just women, but that will deprive needy people of services offered by NGOs around the world.
|Donald Trump signing the Gag Order to kill women and harm the poor, surrounded by old grey men with not a woman in sight. Source: Huffington Post|
Trump the wanna-be tyrannical dictator
|Donald Trump in an imitation of the world's worst tyrannical dictators. Source: Federal Register: The Daily Journal of the United States Government|
Trump doesn't want to hear you
It's reported that he's cut off any means of the public communicating with the White House, too.
The most unpopular President at inauguration
One slim ray of hope is that Trump set a new record as the most unpopular President on inauguration.
|Few approve of Donald Trump. Data source: Gallup|
Lessons from George Orwell's 1984
BTW - the No. 1 best seller in Contemporary Literary Fiction on Amazon today, is George Orwell's 1984 (archived here):
What else is in store?
PS - I see that he's just tweeting he's going to take over state and city jurisdictions now - sending in "the Feds" - though he doesn't say which "Feds", or how he's going to get around the 10th amendment:
|Donald Trump taking over states and cities. Source: Twitter|