Trump’s War on the Environment and Its Inhabitants

Trump continues his attack on bedrock environmental regulations established over the past fifty years. During the 2015-2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to dismantle most of the key climate and environmental policies that were in place. He has been enormously successful, according to the New York Times, with more than sixty environmental rules and regulations officially reversed, revoked or otherwise rolled back. An additional 34 rollbacks are in progress even during the pandemic.

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Science Denialism

“Science denialism” is the worst aspect of the current political climate because it is costing lives…
More than 50 former government scientists and public health officials have called for a science-based approach to the pandemic, criticizing the Trump administration for marginalizing science and expertise. They also expressed concern over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization, emphasizing that “scientists must be free to coordinate with their peers around the world.”

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic

As the international community is consumed by the impact of Covid-19, there are signs of the impact of the pandemic on the body politic. There is change throughout the international community, particularly the decline of the influence and power of the United States; the fragmentation of the European Community; the weakening of the transatlantic system; the increased influence of China; and the dire impact on Third World countries and their refugee problems. At home, the Trump administration’s “destruction of the administrative state” has made the battle against the virus far more difficult.

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