Most green building advocates are concerned about global climate change. So what are we to make of the election of Donald Trump?
Well, there is bad news and good news.
The bad news is that Trump is ignorant about basic economic facts relevant to the energy industry and is disdainful of scientific consensus. There’s more bad news:
The good news is that Trump, who has repeatedly expressed admiration for authoritarian leaders, is apparently unaware that the U.S. Constitution will place certain checks on his power. Fortunately, he won’t have the legal authority to make good on all of his promises.
That said, you would have to be a Pollyanna to believe that this good news outweighs the bad news.
Trump describes himself as a builder. (Still, I doubt that he reads GBA.)
He’s not just an ordinary builder; he calls himself the “greatest builder.” Let’s provide the full quotation: Trump said, “the greatest builder is me.”
It’s a mafia plot: Trump on asbestos
Here’s what Donald Trump has to say about asbestos legislation: “Asbestos is the greatest fireproofing material ever used, and everybody in the construction industry knows it. It is also 100% safe, once applied. But early on, asbestos got a bad rap because of the fact that miners who were digging asbestos for many years would often develop asbestosis, and therefore people thought that asbestos was not safe. … A huge and concerted effort was made to have asbestos removed from buildings, causing tremendous dislocation and destruction and creating a new problem: asbestos floating in the air. I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the…