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Donald Trump’s Impact On Climate Change – OpEd

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US President-Elect Donald Trump has named former Texas governor Rick Perry as the new Secretary of Energy. Rick Perry served as Texas governor for last three terms. He was the board member of the investment group “Energy Transfer Partners,” which plans to construct 1172km “Dakota Access Pipeline” in North Dakota. That pipeline project was passing through Indian land and thus created public reaction from environmentalists. His attitudes are well-known against measures to climate change and global warming.

It is reported that Donald Trump advisers have asked the Department of Energy to list and declare the people who worked on environmental laws rules regulation, those who participated to “Climate Change” conferences, and who presented papers in those conferences.

We understand that these public officials will not hold their posts any more. Coal, shale gas, fossil fuel firing thermal power plants will operate more. More coal will be produced, and global warming will be neglected. Climate change will be accelerated in time, and the lowlands of the world will be flooded with seawater. However, there are laws, rules, norms, regulations to protect environment, and it is not so easy to reverse the legislation so easy.

Donald Trump has selected successful business people, multimillionaires for the other posts — almost all with no political experience. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson eventually came up among numerous candidates for the Secretary of State. Born in 1952, Tillerson is a graduate of Texas University department of Construction engineering, and his whole business life he has  worked for Exxon Oil.. It is reported that he has been consulting Vladimir Putin for the last 20 years in oil exploration in the remote Siberian tundra. Tillerson has received a medal of merit from Russians for his economic contribution to Russian economy. He further worked in Yemen, Northern Iraq. He knows all these regions very well, although he speaks no foreign language. He is not against  Shale Gas exploration and production, but it is reported he is opposed to Shale Gas production facilities close to his mansion in Texas, saying “not in my back yard”.

Donald Trump will sworn in to take over the presidency on January 2017. Then there will be many different drastic changes and developments with regard to Climate Change, as well as in the Middle East region. Foresight for the transition period is too hard to make ,but we are sure that it’s not going to be easy.


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Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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