Donald Trump – inevitable environmentalist?
This phrase seems unlikely given Trump’s rollback of much of the Obama Administration’s clean power strategy and the heated debate over whether the U.S. will remain part of the Paris climate accord.
Yet thanks to his focus on infrastructure, President Trump might end up doing the right thing for the environment – perhaps even despite himself – by taking steps to fix America’s rapidly aging electrical grid.
America’s electric grid, from the start, was designed to keep the states electrically separate. The result is a balkanized, wasteful, and inefficient grid, with neighboring states divided and functioning as separate colonies rather than an electrically joined United States. Today’s grid also fails to connect green sources of energy like wind, solar and hydropower to the population centers where this power is needed most.