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The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy

President Trump has already taken massive steps to erase all the progress made on environmental issues during the Obama administration. In March, he rescinded a number of clean air initiatives set by his predecessor. Since then, the administration has not left off on the issue, which was a signature one during last year’s campaign. During the campaign, Trump presented himself as a champion of the coal industry, and he promised to bring back coal jobs by removing the regulations he and some in the industry feel are responsible for the decline in the use of coal nationwide.

In October, the EPA signaled that their intent was to continue in this direction by reviewing and removing Obama era expansions on the Clean Air Act.

These two points, combined with other acts in the administration and other comments made by those in the administration, suggest the environment is in for a very difficult four years. With recent extreme weather events suggesting global warming may be advancing faster than previously expected, this could be a truly tragic development.

There is a reason to hope, however. Though the administration in the White House is determined to unravel as many regulations as possible, no matter the consequences, it is not clear that the country will follow suit.

The decline in coal, for instance, has been due more to the increased use of natural gas (which burns cleaner than coal) than to any government policy. As renewable energy becomes increasingly cheaper, this trend is only going to continue, no matter the change in governing philosophy.

At the same time, many companies have already invested in the technology required to comply with the Obama era rules, and it would only be a needless expense to undo what is already done, particularly when it is not clear how long the policy may last as it is.

Other companies have also started up, and indeed, inventions and innovations in the green energy and clean airfields are surging. Consider the robovent, which prides itself on how well it can comply with the Obama regulations. Its success testifies to the strength of the trend toward cleaner energy and greater energy efficiency. It seems unlikely any of this will stop now. At most, it may slow slightly.

That does not mean no damage can be done. As has been seen in the response to Puerto Rico, the Trump administration has a great deal of power it can choose to deploy or not in order to deal with immediate environmental challenges. The putative attitude on display towards Puerto Rico suggests the administration will hold grudges and use or refuse to use its power depending on personal feelings about particular regions, communities, or issues.

Another issue on the Trump agenda, the travel ban, also shows that the administration can be very dedicated to pushing a policy no matter how much blowback it experiences.

It must be assumed until proven otherwise that all that can be done that the Trump administration is dedicated to dismantling as many environmental regulations as possible.

Seeking Oil Spill Damages as a Non-Profit Entity

Aside from the “profit” organizations surrounding the gulf area, non-profit organizations have also suffered from the effects of the BP Oil Spill. Everybody was affected by the disaster, and because of this, even non-profit organizations have the right to claim compensation for their losses.

The recent changes in the rules may permit non-profit organizations that have been denied in their earlier claim to be eligible and would let become qualify for claims again. Furthermore, a non-profit organization would be most likely to qualify for compensation if it was already in operation before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in April of 2012. Your claim for compensation can be made more valid if the oil spill caused the business or organization to close down because of the disaster. The location doesn’t even have to be at the beach – any country which is connected or touches the Gulf of Mexico can be eligible for a claim.

Although many people may say that having your accountant file a claim for your is enough, this may not always work out in your favor. Non-profit oil spill claim lawyers can be important, as their representation that could make for a stronger claim, and can make an appeal following a negative decision easier and smoother. Having a lawyer represent and fight for your claim in court can put your mind at ease.

Just as with any legal court processes, non-profit oil spill claim lawyers assess that a claim against Deepwater Horizon could take about six months, or shorter. Compensation for the claims is also high, and it is important to file a claim because otherwise the money that the BP had set aside for payouts will only be returned to them. It would be such a waste to not claim the money, because the compensation may not only help the non-profit organization but also the people who rely of these organizations and the local economy as well.

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