Recently the Trump Administration took another step in reversing the Obama Administration’s environmental policies. This step consists of replacing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan with regulations which would cede power to the states.
Such a step would give the coal industry a major boost. And contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as clean coal. The same can be said about oil, natural gas, and nuclear power.
The Donald wants America to develop oil, natural gas, and hydroelectric power. But perhaps most importantly, he also wants to give nuclear power a much-needed boost. And that might be the biggest change in America’s energy policy in the past few decades.
The reason I say this is because there was a decrease in the development of nuclear power plants ever since the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island incidents, despite the fact that both meltdowns did not result in any deaths. There were fatalities in the area surrounding Chernobyl, but it turns out that these fatalities were the result of thyroid cancer, which in turn was the result of iodine deficiency. In addition, the film The China Syndrome (which was about a nuclear power plant meltdown and the environmental impact it would have) premiered not long before the Three Mile Island incident.
Thus, some people were convinced that nuclear energy was harmful to the environment, which is not the case. In fact, nuclear power is perhaps the cleanest, safest, and cheapest of all energy sources. However, anti-nuclear activists continue their efforts to shut down nuclear power plants, even citing the nuclear incidents resulting from the Japanese earthquake of 2011 as proof that nuclear power plants are dangerous, despite the meltdown having little (if any) impact on the environment.
Thus, America needs to rely on oil, gas, coal, hydroelectricity, and nuclear power. And so do other countries, especially those in the developing world. In fact, the developing nations could greatly reduce the amount of poverty within their populations if they did rely on such energy sources.
Unfortunately, the environmental groups and any government sympathetic to such groups have prevented them from doing so. For example, the Obama Administration told African countries that they better not even think of developing coal-fired power plants, even though doing so would bring electricity to many Africans, not to mention boosting their economies. But the Obama Administration gives preference to the environmentalists over the workers. And this is part of the reason why many people in developing countries are still in poverty and without electricity. Of course, corruption and dictatorships are also part of the problem in some of these countries.
So in conclusion America needs to set an example for the rest of the world when it comes to making use of oil, gas, coal, hydroelectricity, and nuclear power. Doing so would benefit humanity and (contrary to popular belief) the environment.