Wednesday 5 April 2017
1 Arguably the worst decision ever undertaken by a politician in the history of the Western body politic is the one taken by the President of the United States called ”Energy Independence” executive order. It reverses the one President Obama put in place to combat climate change and help America meet the commitments it made in Paris.
It is a decision that could only, given the copious mountain of scientific evidence, be made by a madman. One so devoted to the greed of capitalism that he is blinded by his own ignorant, narcissistic insanity.
We look upon the sky and planes fly with the force of science. We look upon our cities and great cathedrals of science rise. We attend our doctor who scientifically diagnoses our ills and we fight, for better or worse, our wars with the aid of science. The credentials of science seem inexhaustible.
Science unequivocally tells us that there is a problem with our emissions and we must do something about it to avoid catastrophic outcomes.
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
On Dec. 30, 2015, Trump told the crowd at a rally in Hilton Head, S.C., “Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”
On Jan. 25, 2014, Trump tweeted, “NBC News just called it the great freeze — coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?”
On Jan. 29, 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record-setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”
That same day, he tweeted, “Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air – not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.”
Trump also called climate change a “hoax” on the Jan. 6, 2014, edition of Fox & Friends.
In addition, he said on the Sept. 24, 2015, edition of CNN’s New Day, “I don’t believe in climate change.”
And on Jan. 18, 2016, Trump said that climate change “is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change.”
”We didn’t find Trump using the word “hoax” in the months since our previous fact-check, but he hasn’t backed off his aggressive skepticism of climate change and policies designed to alleviate it. In fact, he’s enshrined opposition to climate change efforts as a key part of his platform.”
Donald went to his doctor complaining recently complaining about chest pains. All the relevant tests were done and the doctor reported that there was indeed a problem that needed urgent attention. Probably surgery. Trump looked at him, without the slightest concern and said. Well thanks, Doc, but it seems OK at the moment.
Melania is probably right. My hiccups are getting worse.
These are measures Mr Obama put in place to combat climate change and help America meet the commitments it made in Paris:
- Limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and aim for 1.5C
- Make greenhouse gas emissions peak “as soon as possible”, followed by a rapid reduction
- Eliminate use of coal, oil and gas for energy
- Replace fossil fuels with solar, wind power
“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” Mr Trump said as he signed his executive order, flanked on by more than a dozen coal miners.
“In terms of the environment. I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today.”
“If we do not take action on the environment and there is no disaster the outcome will be due to luck alone, like someone winning tattslotto.”
“If we’re not raising new generations to be better stewards of the environment, what’s the point?”
“How can one man hold the future of the planet in his hand while the remaining leaders kowtow to him?”
“We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the cost of a healthy planet.”
“The ‘historic and ambitious’ climate agreement has shown global leadership from the US and China.”
2 The recent London terrorist attack on 23 March on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament killed at least four with forty injured.
A few days later earlier air strike killed more than 200 civilians in Mosul. An investigation has found it was conducted by the US-led coalition at the request of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said on Saturday.
Witnesses said the airstrike killed hundreds of residents on Baghdad Street in west Mosul’s Aghawat Jadidah neighbourhood on March 17, including many women and young children.
Donald Trump had nothing to say.
3 Being the world’s champion egotist and self-loving narcissistic, it must have come as a shock to the President to find out just how incompetent he and his Republican representatives really are. During the election campaign he described the Health Care plan he would deliver as a health care one that would be “unbelievable”, “beautiful”, “terrific”, “less expensive and much better”, “insurance for everybody”.
What a dud it was and no amount of sweet talk by the Donald would wipe the embarrassment from his face.
Writing for Fairfax Nicholas Kristof described it thus:
“It’s sometimes said that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigns in braggadocio and governs in bombast.”
After all they only had 8 years to design a better scheme than Obamacare. All they could come up with was a tax cut for the wealthy financed by dropping health coverage for the needy.
4 Last but not least the Presidents former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, openly confesses that he offered to testify before the FBI and congressional committees about potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity.
Now I wonder why he would want immunity.
My thought for the day.
“We can sometimes become so engrossed in our own problems that we can easily overlook the enormity of the suffering of others.”