Trump's executive order, cabinet choices, and comments show his anti-science view. His recent executive order uplifted all Obama-era environmental rules in order to "end the war on coal". Trump has failed to realize the coal industry does not employ many people, is not a reliable source of energy, has no "really clean coal" & with or without his support, States will continue to support clean energy. In recent years, solar and wind power have experienced record growth. Non-hydro electric power has accounted for approximately nine percent of America's power supplying 2016. Also in 2016, solar power capacity was 14,762 megawatts--most than any other source of power. It is these growths which can be accounted for by state measures. Through state incentives, market economics have changed, allowing wind and solar to be cheaper than fossil fuel generation. The growth of renewable power can be seen through many companies, such as Dayton Power & Light in Ohio, which closed its two coal plants and are investing in at least 300 megawatts for renewable energy. Also, states are creating stronger renewable electricity standards (RES), with six of the twenty-nine RES states having fifty percent requirements. Hawaii, California, New York, and Massachusetts hope to be 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Some conservatives states are joining, like Nevada, which hopes for its twenty percent to become fifty by 2030.
This article is important as it looks into the changes people are making to help improve the environment.