Trump win will likely upset trade, gut planet protections
November 10, 2016
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…Trump vows to disrupt trade and poo poo’s planet protections. More after this –
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What might the election of Donald Trump mean for the seafood industry? Seafood Source says that economic reports already are pointing to his platform of opposing trade, including the North America Free Trade Agreement and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is a stance that goes against more than 30 years of American policy under presidents of both parties.
The Wall Street Journal says Trump’s victory could begin an era of U.S. combativeness with two of our biggest trade partners – China and Mexico – and prompt trade wars and stall international growth.
The New York Times reports that Trump has vowed to place a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports and declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. He also pledged to pull out of NAFTA, which connects Canada, the US and Mexico, and to impose trade barriers that could reduce markets for U.S. exports, and drive up the cost of imports causing banks to restrict lending. Other economists say if Trump does implement trade protectionist policies, it could tip the economy into a recession.
While Trump’s positions might not pose any major changes for U.S. fisheries, his vision to “explode fossil fuel development, including coal” will have a longterm impact on our oceans. Trump has called for gutting the Environmental Protection Agency and is likely to name a top climate skeptic, Myron Ebell, to lead the charge. Like Trump, Ebell calls climate change “bullshit,” he has vowed to ‘cancel’ the Paris global warming accord and roll back President Obama’s actions on climate change.
Scientific American reports that Ebell has called Obama’s Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gasses “illegal” and boasts that he has been dubbed a ‘climate criminal’ by Greenpeace. Another red flag: Politico reports that Trump is considering Sarah Palin to head the Dept. of the Interior.
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