Is Ivanka Really Going To Be Her Dad’s Global Warming Czar?

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Soon-to-be “First Daughter” Ivanka Trump plans on taking an active role in her father’s White House, including using her position to make global warming one of her pet projects.

Much like how she got her father, President-Elect Donald Trump, to propose parental leave and childcare policies, Ivanka hopes to use her platform to highlight man-made warming, according to Politico.

A source close to Trump’s eldest daughter told Politico she “wants to make climate change — which her father has called a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese — one of her signature issues,” adding that “Ivanka is in the early stages of exploring how to use her spotlight to speak out on the issue.”

“The issues she’s talking about are ones she’s always talked about,” a source told Politico.

“These are totally consistent with what she’s developed with her brand,” the source said. “She is playing a critical role in being able to have issues that moderate and liberal women care about — and creating a bridge to the other side.”

Politico only cites one source for this claim, and Ivanka Trump is reportedly not expected to leave Manhattan, though she’s “searching for a chief of staff and other hires to help shape her new role.”

It’s hard to say exactly how much sway Ivanka will hold in a Trump White House, especially since the president-elect’s key advisors and transition team heads tend to be skeptical of man-made global warming.

Trump may have a problem on his hands by making Ivanka his “climate czar” — aside from the obvious nepotism and conflict of interest concerns.

Climate Czar Ivanka could complicate his plans to roll back federal energy regulations, help coal miners, and stop jobs from being shipped overseas.

Possibly the starkest contrast between Trump and Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail was their stances on energy. Trump wanted more drilling and mining, while Clinton said her plan would put more miners out of work, scale back fracking and boost green energy.

Trump called global warming a “hoax” and Clinton embraced it as scientific gospel. Trump spent nearly his entire campaign railing against Obama administration global warming regulations, and Clinton vowed to defend such rules from congressional and legal attacks.

Now that Trump won, he’s supposedly moderated his stance on global warming a bit, but the president-elect still worries fighting the specter of global warming will make the U.S. less competitive.

“We’re not a competitive nation with other nations anymore,” Trump recently told The New York Times when asked about pulling out of the Paris agreement. “We have to make ourselves competitive. We’re not competitive for a lot of reasons. That’s becoming more and more of the reason.”

How will he make the U.S. more competitive implementing climate policies China has no intention of implementing?

President Obama pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025 as part of the Paris deal. China made no pledge to cut emissions, instead promising to “peak” emissions by 2030.

China’s promises has been interpreted by critics as “we’ll keep doing business as usual, while you all take the economic hit.”

The signature regulation in Obama’s plan to meet the Paris agreement, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), is expected to cost $1 trillion over 25 years while reducing projected global warming just 0.02 degrees Celsius.

That’s on top of the already $1 trillion regulatory burden federal agencies have imposed on businesses since 2005, according to the American Action Forum. Is that competitive?

Globally, the Paris agreement is expected to cost $13.5 trillion over the next 15 years to implement all the promises made to cut fossil fuel use. Trump’s promised to increase coal, oil and gas production.

What’s China doing to fight global warming? Mining more coal to generate electricity.

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