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NY Times: Trump May Have Little Say Over Climate Policy

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By    |   Monday, 02 Jan 2017 08:39 AM

Donald Trump may have little ability to make changes to U.S. government energy policy, The New York Times reported.

While President Barack Obama has been enabling policies to tackle climate change, Trump has questioned its existence and vowed to kill a global climate change deal and to support the coal industry, the Times reported.

The federal government does not have much control over American energy policy, especially over the generation of electricity. Environmental advocates have helped install renewable energy mandates in more than half of states, and efforts to roll those back have not been successful, the Times report said.

A focus on renewable energy is on the rise around the world. More than half of investment in generation of new electricity is in renewable energy, and wind power is adding manufacturing jobs in Republican-leaning states. A 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics report said that wind-farm technician would be the fastest-growing job in the U.S.

According to the Times, the incoming Republican-led Congress could target renewable energy subsidies, but those are already set to decrease over five years in a deal that Republicans signed onto in 2015.

While Trump could attempt to get Congress to go after those mandates, the Times predicted he would lose - prominent Republicans who are in favor of renewable energy, including Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, according to the Times report.

"Senator Grassley has been and continues to be an extraordinary leader and champion for the wind industry," Tom Kiernan, head of the American Wind Energy Association said. "We are creating jobs throughout America, good-paying jobs, and we think President-elect Trump will want that to continue."

Concerns about Trump's effect on the environmental science community are strong, but climate scientist Ben Santer holds out hope, according to an interview in The Los Angeles Times.

"Maybe there are people in the new administration who are willing to sit down and be educated and have a conversation. I have to hope that there are those people."

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