Energy & Environment

Michael Reagan: Tyranny of environmentalists is over


For the last 30 years the greens have had it their way in Washington.

No more.

President Trump recently signaled that the federal government was no longer going to be the personal power tool of the environmental movement.

{mosads}With a few flicks of his executive pen, Trump overruled the edicts of President Obama and cleared the way for the eventual construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and the Dakota access pipeline.


Obama — irresponsibly pandering to his party’s base for years — had used the power of his office to stop both projects, citing lame environmental reasons and downplaying the projects’ economic benefits.

Trump’s decision on the pipelines is the first of many defeats the extremist wing of the environmental movement is going to suffer in Washington during the next four years.

For decades they have used the federal government to impose their values on how the rest of us should live, work, travel, eat, and heat or cool our homes.

They don’t care how much their strict environmental rules and regulations have cost taxpayers or consumers, or what damage they’ve done to the American economy or our way of life.

The only honest environmentalist I know in Southern California is the actor Ed Begley, Jr., who has spent his time — and money — learning how to live a green, sustainable life in the middle of LA.

Most of the rest of them care deeply about the size of your carbon footprint, but not theirs.

They hate fossil fuels and the companies that find and produce them, but use their products to heat and cool their homes or fuel their private planes.

They love wind energy —

as long as they can’t see the turbines from decks of their beach homes.

Environmentalists have slowed economic growth, forced companies to close or leave the country, prevented people from getting new jobs, and declared war on whole industries, like coal, they don’t like.

But now everything’s changed. We have a new commander in chief who on Day 2 spoke power to the environmentalists and their harmful agenda.

Trump is not an ideologue. He’s not a Republican or a Democrat. He’s an independent who ran as a Republican and got elected. President Trump isn’t afraid of angering the environmentalists or losing their votes.

It’s already quite clear that Trump is all about jobs, jobs, jobs — and creating millions more of them.

He believes in protecting the environment, but he doesn’t believe in killing American jobs to do it.

The president is a practical businessman, a sensible, successful one who’s spent his life working with all kinds of people and building big things in the real world.

Unlike his predecessor, Trump knows we can have a reasonable environmental policy without hurting the economy or taking the country back to the Stone Age.

The environmentalists have had their best days in Washington. The pendulum has swung back the other way.


Michael Reagan, author of Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan, is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. He is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman. Follow him on Twitter @ReaganWorld.

The views of contributors are their own and not the views of The Hill.

Tags Barack Obama Donald Trump

The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video