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Trump appoints pro-fracking/anti-environment energy advisor

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy, according to Valerie Volcovici at Reuters:

“U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota – a major oil drilling state – is writing a white paper on energy policy for the New York billionaire.  While the ultimate size and makeup of Trump’s energy advisory team is unclear, Cramer’s inclusion suggests the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s oil policy could emphasize more drilling, less regulation and taxes, and curbs on efforts to combat climate change.”

With the Hilary Clinton campaign struggling to gain traction with US voters, there is a real danger that a Trump presidency will throw the recent Paris Agreement into disarray; leaving even the most dire climate projection of the International Panel on Climate Change looking like an underestimate.

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