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Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action.

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  • Now is the moment to admit that Obama’s Clean Power Plan was not bold enough. If we are going to fight Trump, let’s go big.
  • ‘We need a head-on collision with oil, coal and natural gas executives.’
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

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Tuesday 28 March 2017 | The fossil fuel industry is rejoicing. Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday that would tear up many of the so-called burdensome climate protections – those regulating things like power plant emissions and leasing to coal companiesput in place by the Obama administration. Horrified by this move, many have vowed to jump to their defense.

That’s not enough.

The clean power plan, perhaps the biggest target of today’s executive order, is far from perfect. It’s a parallel of sorts to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Both policies – however flawed – address deeply pressing crises that will kill millions if left unaddressed. Each are far preferable to nothing, of course. But they were each crafted to appease Republicans, many of whom are funded by the industries (insurance and fossil fuels, namely) that the measures set out to curtail.

Kate Aronoff is a writing fellow at In These Times. She covers elections and the politics of climate change. 

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Capitalism's war on climate science, James Plested, Red Flag /

A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future.