The EPA and DOE have been highly instrumental in crippling the economy in the United States. The entire "Climate Change" scam was developed to "fundamentally transfer wealth" from the US to the rest of the world. That quote is directly from the former Co-Chair of the IPCC, Ottmar Edenhofer, a pro Marxist ECONOMIST, not a scientist. The sooner we can extricate ourselves from the Paris agreement and the UN-IPCC, and get our scientists out from under the blanket they have been stifled under for the last 20 years, the better we will be, the more jobs we will create and the more our economy will recover.
The climate is changing and has been changing for the last 4 billion years. We have to learn to live with that natural change, though it is not going to be catastrophic. CO2 has never been reliably tied to warming scientifically, only on flawed computer models. Renewable energy is never going to take the place of energy dense fossil fuels, nuclear or hydro power. Renewable energy will never provide cheap, reliable, continuous energy. These are facts and we have been fed a litany of lies on what they produce, how much it costs, how many people they employ, how few birds they kill, how they don't make any noise, how they don't spoil the landscape of scenic places, and I can go on.
The problem with these industries is that they rely completely on the "investment" of government subsidies to build them and then RPG's to prop up the price of what they have to charge to make them competitive. Those are taxpayer dollars! They are going into the pockets of elite "investors" that take the money, put in little of their own and then operate these companies taking more and more tax dollars to run them. Anyone remember Enron? Most of these "investors" are old Enron guys with a new angle. The whole thing is a fraud and many of them have absconded with the money . . . Sun Edison being the biggest, so far leaving the shareholders with NOTHING.
Believe me, the last forty years or so has seen a huge improvement to our environment. Our air is clean, our water is clean, our rivers have been cleaned up, waste is now being sensibly disposed of, and I do not see a return to the excesses or pollution we saw during the 40's,50's and 60's. Those days are over, but we have to return to what made us great, and that is going to require energy, energy that can't be provided by windmills and solar panels. As far as I'm concerned anyone can put solar on their house if they choose, but I should not have to pay for it through subsidies (my taxes). Windmills belong back in the 1600's, not in the 21st century. I have faith that we can be responsible stewards of our planet and still use what got us here, fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro power.