Does Trump Matter?

At first, I was so angry every time he undid a climate or energy regulation. But as time has gone on, it’s become clear to me that it really doesn’t matter what he and his cabinet of fools does. Not to mention, it’s practically a never-ending process which is still relentlessly continuing until every law is repealed. This week’s energy week (aka fossil fuel week) is a prime example.

Coal is on the way out, gas and oil are soon to follow, with renewable energy in the ascendancy. He can only slow down the transitional process, but really, when the rest of the world are so united, and he is showing himself more and more to be living in the past, he will just look increasingly delusional, even to the people who voted for him.

A huge number of cities in the US and around the world have pledged to stick to the terms of the Paris Agreement, and even step up efforts further. That is great news of course. But even beyond this, there has to be a point in the near future where the rest of the country say enough is enough and force the hand of Trump to do what’s right and keep the US competitive economically. Tesla will of course help to keep them competitive in the green economy regardless. But whether or not they can do it by themselves really depends on how quickly they can scale up both their car and solar / storage businesses.

At this point, it seems inevitable that we’re on the cusp of a huge swing towards the left in politics in major economies around the world. I could be wrong, but the tide definitely seems to finally be turning away from the right and far right. People are seeing what Trump and Brexit meant, and they fought back. They pushed back in France, The Netherlands and the UK in the general election where Theresa May didn’t lose and lost big at the same time.

Don’t get too angry about Trump like I and many others have been. Still bring attention to his moronic, trolling policies, but don’t get too stressed about it. Focus on the positives and do what you personally can to make an impact. All he can do is slow things down, and to be honest, the way things are going, I don’t think he can even do that very successfully. I take everything personally as an insult to me. But if I just remember that it’s not my fault and Trump and his team of idiots are the ones who are going to be a laughing stock in years to come (not that they aren’t already, but you know what I mean), it makes me feel a lot better.

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Where Does Climate Policy Go Following The Election?

The conservatives have won, but what are they going to do to tackle the climate crisis? Personally, I don’t believe they are the party of choice as far as climate change is concerned. When I checked their website in the run up to the election, I couldn’t find a single policy about the subject. The only thing that had any relevance to it was about protecting the green belt. A great thing, but nothing other parties weren’t offering, and a far cry from Lib Dem, Green or Labour policies.

My feeling is that the situation will continue to be left in the hands of the people. If you want to get solar panels, go for it. But you won’t be compensated for it. If you want an electric car, great. Just don’t expect the government to extend the £5k subsidy. This is especially the case now that the Liberal Democrats, the driving force for environmental policies in the coalition, are no longer in power.

I think eventually things will change through necessity. But we will have to reach a point where panic sets in for that to happen. Perhaps the Paris summit will be that point, but probably not.

2010 UK General Election: Predicable Yet Incredibly Unpredictable

Going into May 6th the general consensus was that we were likely heading for a hung parliament with no party obtaining a controlling 50% majority of the house of commons. The exit poll also suggested this, while you had to be careful not to take it as the actual result, because the real results could have varied massively if the trends had not spread nationally.

Of course, the exit poll was surprisingly accurate and we did end up in a predictable hung parliament with the Conservative Party as the largest. The events to follow though were dramatic and very interesting to see. It turned a possibly boring election into a far greater spectacle which seemed to grip the country completely. Who would have thought that the Liberal Democrats and their leader Nick Clegg, who actually lost seats in the election despite gaining a share of the vote close to Labour would be in a position of power where he and he alone could decide our next prime minister. It was extraordinary.

After a weekend of non-stop talks, we ended up with a David Cameron led government with Liberal Democrat backing in a full coalition. Nick Clegg is now our Deputy Prime Minister. Did he really dream that this was possible when this campaign started? You would have to assume not but even with his lofty expectations for the future of the Liberal Democrats.

I think it’s a great thing for our country that two leaders of two opposing parties, can come together in such a fantastic way for the good of the country as a whole. I just hope that they can keep it up and avoid any major disagreements over the next 5 years or until the next election, whenever that may be.