President Barack Obama heads out of the Oval Office on Jan. 20, 2017 at the end of his second term. Environmentalists fear that the incoming administration of Donald Trump may reverse many of the gains made by the federal government designed to protect the Earth’s environment for future generations. Fortunately, experts believe it will be difficult for any incoming president to reverse Obama’s executive orders as he tries to help the planet’s natural resources. Some of these natural resources include animals that live up in the coldest places on Earth.
One environmental legacy of Obama includes trying to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere. The advances of shale oil and natural gas extraction reduced the need for coal. As such, many power plants across the country converted to using natural gas to heat water to turn electrical turbines. The reduction of coal caused many coal companies to shut down.
The Environmental Protection Agency also mandated that cars become more fuel efficient. This occurred after the so-called “Cash for Clunkers” stimulus program implemented at the start of Obama’s first term. The Cash for Clunkers program offered people rebates if they traded in their older vehicles for ones that have better fuel efficiency.Source: Nationalgeographic | Wired
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