Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Will Mother Nature Be The One To Destroy Donald Trump?
Ever since he came to power, Donald Trump has waged an all out war on the planet.
He has called climate change a "con job" and a "hoax," ripped up regulations, expanded the production of oil, gas, and coal, and walked away from the Paris climate accord.
He has mocked the very idea of global warming.
And has for the most part managed to get away with it.
But now Thomas Friedman wonders, with global warming now impossible to ignore, will his planet burning ways come back to haunt him?
And will Mother Nature be on the ballot in 2020?
What if all the extreme weather this year — linked to climate change — gets even worse and more costly? What if the big 2020 issue is not left-right — but hot-cold or wet-dry? What if the big 2020 issue is not “Who lost Russia?” or “Who lost North Korea?” but “Who lost planet Earth?”
We’re talking about the natural world, so one has to be cautious. But if you look at all the destructive extreme weather buffeting the world this summer alone, it’s as if Mother Nature were saying to us: “Oh, you didn’t notice me tapping on your shoulder these past few years? O.K. Well, how about a little fire, Scarecrow?
I can't imagine how it won't be. If the two summers before the next election are anything like the one we've just had, or worse, Trump will look more and more like a maniac.
And the Democrats will be able to position themselves as the party that can both strengthen national security, and boost the U.S. economy.
Clean power, clean cars, clean manufacturing and efficient buildings make everything we want to achieve in our society easier. They can lower our health care costs, cut heating bills for the poor, drive 21st-century innovation, foster decent jobs, mitigate climate change, create more competitive export industries, weaken petro-dictators — and enhance U.S. national security and moral leadership.
Let Trump fight that idea. If Mother Nature keeps on this destructive track into 2020, well, Trump’s favorite mantra about strong women, “Lock her up,” will look awfully silly.
Of all the things he has done, Trump's war on climate change has been the most reckless and the most criminal.
Hurricane Mueller may yet remove him from office.
But Trump should fear Mother Nature even more than he fears Mueller.
For only she can truly destroy him...