The new administration has already begun its assault on the science of climate change and the global warming agenda.
As part of its ongoing battle against climate change, President Trump is reportedly looking to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a landmark regulation that sought to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants.
As such, a Trump administration may attempt to reverse the climate change agenda.
But this time around, it could come with a bigger price tag.
This week, climate scientist James Hansen, a prominent climate scientist and author, said the United States could pay a lot more to curb climate change than the European Union (EU).
“We’re on track for the first time since the 1970s, if not earlier, to pay far more for carbon emissions than we have ever paid for them,” Hansen said.
In a statement, Hansen said, “We have already paid far more than the EU and China have been paying for their climate change commitments for the last 40 years.”
What’s more, Hansen also pointed to a number of other examples of countries around the world, including Canada and France, paying far more.
“We’ve paid over a billion dollars in carbon taxes, and we have paid over half a billion of that in compensation to the affected communities,” Hansen told Al Jazeera.
In short, Hansen believes that the Trump administration’s climate change efforts are more than a waste of money.
“They’re not a real climate policy.
They’re a propaganda effort to justify the administration’s agenda.”
The Trump administration has also reportedly been weighing a carbon tax, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
But Hansen’s concern is that the carbon tax may actually do more harm than good.
“If you tax carbon dioxide, you’ll cause a rise in global temperatures that will increase sea levels, and it’ll do more damage than good,” Hansen explained.
Hansen said that the United Kingdom is already among the nations that have carbon taxes in place, and he said that countries like China, which has a massive carbon footprint, will likely be the first to have carbon tax in place.
“The Trump administration wants to tax carbon pollution,” Hansen argued.
“It’s the right thing to do.”
The new climate administration is also working on climate-related policies to try to make up for past mistakes, according the White House.
As the White and Trump administrations have been feuding over the past several weeks, there have been calls for a climate commission, to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence.
“This is a very, very dangerous and destructive climate change effort,” Hansen, who was part of the climate-change research team that helped NASA prepare for the Apollo moon missions, told Aljazeera.
“I would not have thought that [Vice President Pence] would be doing this sort of thing if he had not been so influenced by the oil companies.”
“This new administration is going to try very hard to reverse many of the policies that we’re on, to undo the policies of the Obama administration,” Hansen added.
“And this administration is determined to make the United, the world’s largest polluter, the most vulnerable.”