The Oberlin Review

Harvey, Irma Highlight Need to Address Climate Change

Nathan Carpenter, Opinions Editor

September 15, 2017

Over the past weeks, evidence has mounted that the future of the world with respect to climate change is bleak. In the United States alone, Houston and Florida have been leveled at the hands of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively. Other tropical storms have veered off at the last moment, barely missing land. While avoiding these additional disasters has doubtlessly saved lives, there is still little cause for hope. The reality is that the state of the environment is declining sharply and rapidly, and the consequences of that deterioration are severe. If effective action is going to be taken on climate change, it must be taken now — assuming that our window has not already closed. It was terrifying, then, wh...

With New EPA Head, Environmental Protection Falls to Citizens

Johan Cavert, Contributing Writer

February 24, 2017

Despite his ideological opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency, Senate confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the agency last Friday. Pruitt’s confirmation is further evidence that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party will neglect the health of our planet in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Abandoned by the federal government, Americans will need to fight back with increased grassroots organizing and environmental activism at the community and state levels. Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to gut and possibly eliminate the EPA, and he appears to be following through on that promise with his selection of Pruitt, whose record as Oklahoma Attorney General was h...

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