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SEI in the Media: David Schlosberg Appears on Lateline

“The renewables industry already hires more people than the coal industry.”

On Tuesday 29th March 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive order with the US Environmental Protection Agency, which aims to repeal or make changes to key environmental policies made under the Obama administration, including changes to the Clean Power Plan, in the claim that it is an impediment to American energy and jobs.

Trump’s environmental policy direction lives up to his tweet from October 2016, where he stated: “I will also cancel all wasteful climate change spending from Obama/Clinton.” The executive order completely ignores the impending reality of climate change and favours the investment of the fossil fuel industry, under the claim that America can “protect the environment and provide people with work.”

On Friday 31st March, SEI Co-Director David Schlosberg appeared on ABC’s Lateline, to comment on Trump’s climate policy and the shifts in US climate policy through the years.

In response to the claim that the executive order will create more jobs, David highlighted that: “The renewables industry already hires more people than the coal industry. There are more jobs in renewables. And, you know, this is just an attempt, really, to sabotage.”

The Executive order plans to halt government funded climate change research. In response to this, David stated: “I really can’t see a lot of agencies taking that too seriously. I mean, certainly the Defence Department sees climate change as a major security risk.”

To watch, or read the transcript of the Lateline segment, called A look at the United States’ chequered climate change history, click here.


A look at the United States’ chequered climate change history was created by Lateline reporter Naomi Selvaratnam, and broadcasted on 31/03/2017.