Environmental group BEST has expressed serious concern over President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back Obama rules aimed at curbing climate change.
Stuart Hayward, president of the Bermuda Environmental and Sustainability Taskforce, said his feelings ranged from trepidation to mild surprise at news of the latest executive order.
He told The Royal Gazette that the move signalled a worrying shift from the United States being the “good guy” in leading global efforts towards sustainable energy solutions to the “bad guy”.
“The changes that are occurring in some ways are unfathomable,” said Mr Hayward.
“We always assumed that the US was going to be a responsible global partner. Whether they went to the left or the right there was still a policy of good global citizenship.
“It appears that is changing rapidly and decisively. There are feelings that range from trepidation to mild surprise.”