An open letter to Donald Trump regarding his latest executive action. Mr. Trump: Your executive action to repeal the Clean Power Plan (to reduce power plant carbon emissions to 32 percent of 2005 levels over the next 25 years) is ill-considered, at odds with national security concerns and at odds with “making America great.” What could be more unpatriotic and antithetical to our basic national values, committed as we have been for decades to protecting the essence of our homeland — its environment? What could be more unpatriotic than walking away from global leadership on an issue that our Department of Defense regards as a very serious national security threat?

In a 2015 report titled “National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate” (, the Defense Department stated that “DoD recognizes the reality of climate change and the significant risk it poses to U.S. interests globally. The National Security Strategy, issued in February 2015, is clear that climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security. “The report further states that “The Department of Defense sees climate change as a present security threat, not strictly a long-term risk.

“We are already observing the impacts of climate change in shocks and stressors to vulnerable nations and communities, including in the United States … Although climate-related stress will disproportionately affect fragile and conflict-affected states, even resilient, well-developed countries are subject to the effects of climate change in significant and consequential ways.”

On Sept. 14, 2016, The Guardian quoted retired Rear Adm. David Titley, who said that “climate risks are accelerating in their likelihood and severity. The next administration, whomever is elected, has the duty and obligation as commander-in-chief to manage this risk in a comprehensive manner.”

Mr. Trump, this is now your obligation to the American people. The Clean Power Plan is the most important step the U.S. has taken to address climate change and to cement our leadership role in addressing the security threat that it poses. Repeal of the plan represents a dereliction of your duty to manage climate risks. Climate change is not a hoax, and you must know that reversing the Clean Power Plan will do irreparable harm to our country, our international reputation, our neighbors and allies, and to our planet and all of its creatures.

Jan Samet O’Leary


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Donald Trump can say and do what he wants, the power companies are not going back to coal, when natural gas is cheaper and cleaner.


The letter writer forgot one important point! The Supreme Court ruled against Obama's executive order last year but Obama refused to repeal his order. Trump is just enforcing what the Supreme Court ruled.


H2 is the future for the entire world of combustion....clean and plentiful


Yes, and it can be made with other renewable energy sources.


Good points in this letter.


He doesn't take unsolicited advice.


A balanced and realistic approach to these subjects is required. I do think that that occurred under Obama, and with what is starting under Trump it probably will not be balanced either.


Tony - what parts were unbalanced and unrealistic in Obama's approach?


I think you missed the point of those who put this person in the presidency, he, along with those who elected him have as their goal the disintegration of all things American especially our time tested democratic political processes. If you're a middle class working American you should listen to what he says, but more importantly watch what he does, and watch who he does it with. Enter Putin.


And destroying our public schools with charter schools and vouchers for private schools is part of the Republican plot.


Actually, no. I've been in plenty of rooms when it was just us Republicans and not once has anyone suggested destroying public schools.


Not at our level, Gladys, at the National Committee level. The average citizen, Democrat or Republican does not have problems with public schools. But there are problems in public schools, look at MontCo.


Gladys, here are six web sites that tell you about the Republican plot to destroy public schools. Please read them and let me know what you think.



Citing daily kos is like a republican citing the John Birch society Dick.


One of the reasons people voted for the guy is because they believed he would be a job creator (the coal mining industry was very concerned about job losses). Sad to say, even if the jobs come back, there will not be nearly as many. Automation has reduced the need for people in many job fields, and most companies are concerned about the bottom line and how much it costs to produce and compete in the global market. Machines don't require health insurance, nor are they covered under labor laws. Retraining the labor force is the answer, however, a coal miner who has spent most of his or her life in the mines is probably not going to want to go back to school to learn a new job skill.


Spot on - - Getting new skills would be essential maryland. Saw the same thing happen in Western Pa. with the steel industry - you know, just a temporary setback, regulations are killing it, holding on to hope when the handwriting is on the wall...


Every innovation in the economic system in productivity (computers, automation, even the assembly line) create wealth. Our system is good at transferring that wealth to investors and owners. our political system needs to tax the process enough to provide for the displaced workers with either training for even retirement benefits for those not retrained. That seems fair to me.

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