Shock and disappointment. Like you, that’s how all of us here at NRDC are feeling after witnessing last night’s election results.
Hillary Clinton, a climate champion, lost. Donald Trump, who embraces fossil fuels, has vowed to roll back the Paris accord and calls climate change a hoax, has won. Feeling shell-shocked is an appropriate response.
But we will not let that shock linger or, worse yet, turn to despair. We are going to transform it into concrete, planet-affirming action.
Know this: NRDC will fight for our environment, for our climate, and for our shared clean energy future — harder than we ever have fought before.
Donald Trump ran on one of the most stridently anti-environment platforms of any recent major-party nominee, but now he is the president-elect.
Analysts will sort out why people pulled the lever for this man. However, this much is equally clear. Whatever Americans voted for, it was not to turn back the clock on the environmental progress we’ve achieved over the last eight years under President Barack Obama.
It was not to continue allowing big polluters and their climate-denying allies in Congress to pillage our natural heritage and our planet for profit. It was not to walk away from the Paris climate agreement, the promise of clean energy and desperately needed progress on fighting climate change here at home. And it certainly was not to deny our fellow Americans their basic right to safe drinking water, clean air and healthy communities simply because of their income or skin color.
So it’s time for every American — Republican, Democrat and Independent alike — to stand and defend our environment and health.
Yes, today shock will prevail. But prepare yourself, because tomorrow the battle for all the environmental values we hold dear will begin. And we must be ready.
P.S. We are moving swiftly to lay the groundwork for a tenacious defense of our environment in the courts, in Congress and in the public sphere. Building a war chest to fund that fight is of paramount importance. Please consider donating today so that NRDC is fully prepared come January to fend off Donald Trump’s coming attacks.