AnthropoTrumpism: Trump and the politics of environmental disruption

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Abstract

The initial year of the Trump presidency has produced wrenching disruption in federal environmental policy, practice, and management. This is largely a result of a culture war that has been raging in much of the USA for several decades. Although Trump’s election was not a referendum on environmental protection, it did reflect deep divisions in public attitudes toward federal regulation and elite, science-driven models of policy making. Trump’s reliance on strategic distraction, normalization of bad behavior, and “alternative facts” has kept his base energized, but it has also produced a growing crisis of legitimacy that calls into question the future of both democracy and sustainability.

Keywords

Environmental policy President Donald Trump Agenda setting Anti-regulatory strategy Culture war Legitimation crisis EPA Paris Climate Agreement Pebble Mine Reagan legacy Deliberative democracy Alternative facts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental StudiesUniversity of RedlandsRedlandsUSA

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