Sunday, September 03, 2017
Donald Trump and the Climate Change Trap
It was a bizarre sight, like a scene out of a really bad disaster movie.
Donald Trump back in Texas again, handing out food at a Houston shelter.
And complaining that his hands were too big for his plastic gloves.
But then he had to go back, for his first visit four days ago was an absolute disaster.
He seemed to think it was more about him, than about the desperate survivors.
And when he claimed he had witnessed the destruction first hand...
It turned out he was lying...
And yesterday's trip also had its embarrassing moments.
President Trump urged onlookers at a Houston shelter to “have a good time” on Saturday — and appeared to take his own advice during a daylong Gulf Coast tour that blurred the line between bucking up a battered region and taking an early victory lap.
When he sounded more like a cheerleader than a president, and seemed to be enjoying himself too much.
“There’s a lot of love. As tough as it’s been, it’s been a wonderful thing to watch,” Mr. Trump told reporters before heading into a room where he handed out cardboard boxes with hot dogs and potato chips to residents. “I’m going to do a little bit of help over here.”
He added, “Have a good time, everybody!”
But then for Trump what should be even more embarrassing is that he won't link Harvey to climate change...
Even though as Nicholas Kristof points out, that makes absolutely no sense.
We can’t have an intelligent conversation about Harvey without also discussing climate change.
That’s awkward for a president who has tweeted climate change skepticism more than 100 times, even suggesting that climate change is a Chinese hoax, and who has announced he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it’s “misplaced” to talk about Harvey and climate change.
Really? To me, avoiding the topic is like a group of frogs sitting in a beaker, fretting about the growing warmth of the water but neglecting to jump out.
Not when the facts are so clear, and the trend is so obvious.
Last year was the third in a row to set a record for highest global average surface temperature, according to NASA. The 10 years of greatest loss of sea ice are all in the last decade. And poor Houston has suffered three “500-year floods” in the last three years.
But the good news is that Trump is trapped by his own words, and they will come back to haunt him.
For climate change is not going away, it can only get worse, and should Hurricane Irma slam into the U.S. so soon after Hurricane Harvey.
It will be even more embarrassing for that climate change denier, and can only make it even more obvious that he is unfit to be president.
And I think I've got that one covered...
If the American people can't destroy him.
Then Mother Nature will...