The board argued that the government should pursue policies that will invest in renewable energy, but instead, “Trump’s policies are designed to further increase U.S. production of oil and natural gas as part of his effort to make the U.S. the dominant producer of energy in the world.”
The op-ed said that Trump’s policies are putting the world at risk for a series of issues.
“His policies are pushing the nation — and by extension the world — into an environmental future of excessive heat, extended droughts, more frequent and stronger storms, rising seas and regional migrations of species — including humans, adding fuel for conflicts over natural resources,” it said.
“If Trump thinks the Paris agreement posed an ‘unfair economic burden’ on the U.S., as the administration described it, he ought to contemplate the costs of dealing with a warmer and more unstable climate,” the editorial board continued. “Americans — and the world — are going to pay one way or another for our generations of emitting greenhouse gases, whether Trump believes it or not.”
Trump last month pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Once it leaves, the U.S. will be the only country in the world that is not part of the accord. The Trump administration has also rolled back several environmental regulations put forth by the Obama administration.
This is not the first time the L.A. Times’s editorial board has criticized Trump; it called for his impeachment earlier this month, and has also said his recent letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed he was “a uniquely bad, dishonest president.”