"Environmental groups, fresh off rejuvenating victories on the climate front, now face a political world aligned against them."
"The shocking upset victory of Donald Trump has crumbled the ground under the environmental movement in the U.S., just as that movement started to feel like it was entering a new era: Keystone XL had been defeated; carbon regulations on the nation's power plants were launched; Atlantic drilling was halted; and most pivotally, the U.S. joined the landmark Paris climate agreement.
Now, one election could end U.S. leadership on global warming, or even acknowledgment of the crisis. Keystone XL and Atlantic drilling are back on the table. The Clean Power Plan to cut power plant emissions could be finished. The Paris agreement is in peril.
"I think that the very bad news is that it comes at just the wrong moment," said Bill McKibben, founder of the climate activist group 350.org. "There was finally a little bit of momentum underway on clean energy, fossil fuel infrastructure, and so on, and that's going to stop for a while. There'll be more than a pothole. More like a ditch in the road.""