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Letter to Editor – Globe and Mail – What Trump Means for Trudeau – November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

The Editors
The Globe and Mail
444 Front St.
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Sir/Madam,

In its barely contained glee at the implications of the Trump presidency for fossil fuel development ("What Trump means for Trudeau" - November 10th), the Globe overlooks two critical realities. The first, of course, is that Mr. Trump's election has not made the underlying biophysical problem of anthropogenic climate change, go away. Indeed, the prospects of effective global action to prevent dangerous climate change have been significantly dimmed by his arrival. Secondly, his election is likely to reinforce, rather than derail, the efforts of states, like California, to develop their strategies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. It may be a little too soon to start counting our carbon chickens yet.

Yours sincerely,

Mark S. Winfield, Ph.D.