Climate change is arguably the most serious issue facing humans right now, so it is safe to say that it should be very high on the priorities of America’s Presidential candidates. However, Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) share vastly different opinions on the pressing Global issue.

You know you should be concerned as a nation when your potential President lies about their stance on anything, let alone Global Warming.

Trump believes climate change was created by the Chinese in an attempt to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Not only does this statement make literally no sense, but Trump clearly knows about global warming’s long reaching effects, and was seen building a sea wall to protect his Ireland golf course from rising sea levels.

Again we see Trump attempting to make China look like the enemy. He is doing this in order to bring back American jobs from China (i.e. Apple, Wal Mart), but there could be much better ways to accomplish this instead of creating enemies where there need not be.

This is his style though, this is exactly why people are voting for him in the first place. He makes people worry, he stirs them up and makes them all angry and then uses that as fuel to pass outrageous statements by them. By making China seem like the enemy, he has his voters attention, which given the general intelligence of Trump voters, is all you need to become President.

Getting back to the main point, Trump obviously knows about climate change but he won’t acknowledge it because that doesn’t go along with his interests of domesticating American jobs. His plan to domesticate American jobs isn’t bad at all, but his application of this plan is aggressive, and disrespectful towards other nations. If elected into office, Trump won’t work towards helping global warming efforts, which is very troubling.

Given that Trump’s perceived intelligence of global warming is that it, “goes up and goes down, then goes up again”, we must look to the much more promising environmentalist candidate: Hillary Clinton. Right on Clinton’s website is a list of things she will do if elected:

Create good-paying jobs by making the United States the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.

 

Set national goals to have 500 million solar panels installed; generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America; cut energy waste in homes, schools, and hospitals by a third; and reduce American oil consumption by a third.

 

Lead the world in the fight against climate change by bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below what they were in 2005 within the next decade—and keep going.


These predictions sound amazing, and I am personally excited to see what kind of impact the U.S. can make on the fight against global warming if Clinton is at the helm.

Consequently, her environmental agenda isn’t all picture perfect. She still supports off-shore oil drilling, domestic and foreign fracking, and will continue to boost fossil fuel supplies. But the fact that she understands the science of global warming is enough to prove that she can and will make a positive impact on environmentalist efforts across the world.

Considering that America is home to some of the sunniest places on Earth (Yuma, Phoenix, Arizona) Hillary’s plan to have 500 million solar panels installed will mean great things for their economy, and less CO2 emissions into the air. Ultimately, it is one step closer to putting the U.S. in the leading position for clean energy production – a hell of a lot more than Trump can say.

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David McDonald

David McDonald

David is a 19-year-old Canadian student currently attending the University of Guelph. He currently studies Public Management and economics with hopes of one day becoming an accomplished journalist. David enjoys reporting on global events and actively try to make a difference in the world.
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