Trump, Trudeau deliver Earth Day present



By Tom Harris

In his official Earth Day statement, President Donald Trump said nothing at all about climate change, global warming, or greenhouse gases. Instead, his April 22nd remarks focused on well-understood issues such as “keeping our air and water clean, … preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and … protecting endangered species.”

Global warming activists and their allies in the press thrashed the president for his Earth Day release. Huffington Post called Trump’s statement “shameful.”  The UK’s The Independent noted that, in contrast to Trump, former Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama both addressed climate change in their Earth Day statements. AOL News pointed out that Obama’s 2016 Earth Day statement mentioned climate change five times.

It surprised no one that Trump would ignore man-made global warming on Earth Day. He has made it clear that, while he promotes real pollution controls, he has no patience for the improbable hypothesis that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are causing dangerous climate change.

But what was surprising was that, even though Earth Day now concentrates strongly on climate change, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made no direct reference to the issue in his 2017 Earth Day statement. Aside from embedding two climate change-related web links into his remarks, Trudeau said nothing at all about what he called “the great global challenge of our time” in his 2016 Earth Day statement.

Trudeau also joined Trump in promoting economic growth in his Earth Day statement, something bound to irk climate campaigners. Again, this was no surprise for Trump. But Trudeau’s Earth Day support of actions to “grow the economy” coupled with a string of recent decisions—giving the green light to the Trans Mountain and the Line 3 pipeline projects, and his enthusiastic endorsement of the Keystone XL pipeline—suggests that the Canadian government is starting to see the hand writing on the wall: where the U.S. goes on climate and energy, so, eventually, must go Canada.

Trump and Trudeau may disagree on many things. But they both gave us welcomed Earth Day presents on April 22: official environment statements with no mention of the costly and misguided climate scare. Bravo!


Tom Harris is executive director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition.

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Jim Swiss
Jim Swiss
4 years ago

Right on Tom. It is refreshing to see some common sense prevail instead of the climate change rhetoric that we are constantly bombarded with.

Tom Harris
Tom Harris
3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Swiss

Thanks Jim!