As you may or may not know, today there is a march in support of science. Let that sink in. We pay scientists to do longterm studies to determine how human activities are affecting the planet, and the when the data suggests we’re careening off a cliff in terms of irreversible damage, the Trump administration and other Republicans refute the scientific data which proves that global warming is man-made. I know that Trump and co. seem eager to roll back civil rights, voting rights, women’s right to choose and LGBT rights to where they were in the 1950s. But anti-science? To have to march in support of science sounds like we’ve rolled back much further to the time of disputing Charles Darwin and Salem witch hunts. What’s next, for chrissakes? Benefits to find a cure for scurvy?
Republicans don’t want to admit that there is climate change because if they admit it’s man-made, they’d need to provide a solution. And that solution (curbing greenhouse emissions) won’t sit well with their donors because reducing emissions is costly for industries who are deadliest for the planet.
Sadly, most Democrats agree with the scientists but they’re so in bed with their dirty fuel donors that they do little to address the problem. Obama showed up to climate summits in Paris and Copenhagen as photo ops, and these summits kicked the can down the road with non-binding agreements with no penalties for breaking them. Obama also green lighted new drilling in the Arctic and along the Southeast coast from Florida to Virginia. Drilling for more dirty fuel isn’t going to rectify the situation or facilitate a shift towards cleaner fuels– which several forward-thinking and responsible countries like Germany and Brazil are effectively doing. Why can’t the US do what is working in other countries to benefit the planet?
Democrats are clearly better onto this issue, but what’s worse? Not admitting to climate change like the GOP, or admitting to it and doing little about it like Obama and other corporate Dems?
Do you recall the democratic debate in which Clinton and Sanders were asked what the major threat to national security was? Clinton mentioned ISIS and a few other military targets. Sanders claimed the major threat to national security was global warming. The mainstream media widely mocked him as a befuddled nutty professor type from a granola-ish state giving a clueless answer. But guess what? The Pentagon agrees with Sanders and has been preparing behind the scenes for the next big flood or hurricane to put Miami, Manhattan and New Orleans under water. Or when California’s next years-long drought hits.
Anyone who doesn’t see the enormity of climate change’s irreversible effects on the only planet we can live on is a fool. And any news media which mocks Sanders for telling the truth IS fake news whose advertisering wheels are greased by ads by fossil fuels, so these “news” outlets have a vested interest in misleading the public about the biggest danger we face as a planet. I could be wrong, but I doubt that many will be worried about abortion rights, voter suppression, p#ssy-grabbing, Supreme Court justices, email scandals, 4AM tweets, possible ties to Russia, nepotism, which health insurance system we have or how effectively we’ve drained the swamp when whole cities will need emergency draining a la Katrina.
As usual, what shocks me the most are the Christians who don’t even understand their religion. I’m not a christian, but was raised as one and am familiar with their teachings. If you believe that the earth is God’s gift to mankind, how could you possibly turn a blind eye to the fact that we’re destroying his gift to us which is our only home? Is it because you’d rather focus on taking away women’s abortion rights and forcing trans people to use the bathroom you think your God wants them to use? I wonder if you’ll realize the error of your ways before you’re submerged in water. Or will you spend your last breath braying about the imaginary war on Christmas?
With a news media which mocks those seeking to meaningfully address climate change right now and politicians in both parties who are bribed to do little about climate change, it’s up to you to care. Do you?