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Petitioning at White House website for Trump Administration Climate Action

January 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Within seconds of the hand hitting the Bible, “climate” disappeared from the White House website as @TeamTrump seized control from the Obama Administration.

Trump White House drawing a blank on one of most critical 21st century challenges

Trump White House drawing a blank on one of most critical 21st century challenges

In its place, a truthiness-laden paean to fossil fuels that simply ignores the accelerating energy revolution sweeping the world.  No mention of plunging LED, solar, wind, and other ‘clean-energy’ prices as their market penetration skyrockets.  No discussion of the >$50 trillion market opportunity in these and other climate-action business opportunities.

There are some holdovers from the Obama Administration on the White House website, including the ability to petition the Administration.

With the above in mind, I have created the following petition:

Boost the American Economy through Climate Action

U.S. trade partners and economic competitors are finding clean energy (solar, wind) and energy efficiency to be strongly boosting their economies and increasing competitiveness while leading to cleaner air and water for their people. China has recently announced plans to invest $350 billion (BILLION) in clean energy while creating 13 million jobs by 2020.

With each passing day, clean energy options are becoming less expensive and increasingly (far) lower cost than traditional, polluting fossil-fuel energy options.

The Trump Administration can fulfill its pledge to protect air/water, create jobs, and boost the economy through serious climate action.


The above petition requires 10,000 signatures by 19 February 2017 to get a White House response.

Will you be one of those signatories?

In December 2016, I joined a ‘social media’ meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building where members of the Obama White House social media team discussed their activities over the years and lessons from them. Part of the discussion was, in fact, on White House petitions.  They emphasized that these led, if there were enough signatures, to serious discussion not just in the White House but across the Administration. Even where there weren’t public statements or ‘change’ in policy, they asserted, these discussions led to reflection and deeper discussions re policy.  Thus, even when ‘hidden’, these petitions had impact on the Obama Administration.  Who knows if @TeamTrump will be as thoughtfully reflective and take their responsibilities to the American public as seriously.


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