Right now, there is a little known major infrastructure work underway in Nicaragua, and it could have dire repercussions for the environment and the people who call Southern Nicaragua home. Nicaragua’s Grand Canal will come with an estimated price tag of $40 billion and will take five years to build - some even estimate the cost may come to $50 billion.
In short, these cuts would make our government unable to adequately respond to environmental disasters, like chemical waste spillsand pipeline bursts, or lead contamination in drinking water. It would also steal away any opportunity for Americans to prepare for climate impacts by cutting research and removing preparedness programs.
As the world's top polluter, the US has a big role to play in environmental justice and a smooth transition towards clean energy. Pruitt as the head of the EPA sends a clear signal to fossil fuel interests that they will have free reign at the expense of us all, despite the start of a downward trend on oil and gas markets.
In the end what I am trying to say here are two things. First, climate change is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere – but often closer than you think. It is in your own backyard, but is also felt (albeit differently) on the other side of the globe. Its impacts may not always be what you think they are.