Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Donald Trump and the Deadly Deniers
We've known for a long time that Donald Trump is a climate change denier. For a long time his ridiculous tweets have made that only too clear.
And although the sweltering heat, and all those hurricanes, have forced him to admit that in his words "something is going on out there."
He's still, as Paul Krugman writes, floundering about like a beached whale, or a maniac in a straitjacket, in the three stages of climate denial.
Climate change is a hoax.
Climate change is happening, but it’s not man-made.
Climate change is man-made, but doing anything about it would destroy jobs and kill economic growth.
Or in the sweaty grip of cockroach ideas.
These are the stages of climate denial. Or maybe it’s wrong to call them stages, since the deniers never really give up an argument, no matter how thoroughly it has been refuted by evidence. They’re better described as cockroach ideas — false claims you may think you’ve gotten rid of, but keep coming back.
Where Boss Trump and his Con cockroaches try to downplay the ugly reality.
Climate change models “have not been very successful,” declared Larry Kudlow, the top White House economic adviser. Actually, they have: Global warming to date is well in line with past projections. “Something’s changing and it’ll change back again,” asserted Donald Trump on “60 Minutes,” based upon, well, nothing.
As only Cons can.
They don’t really believe what they’re saying. They’re just looking for excuses that will let people like the Koch brothers keep making money. Besides, liberals want to limit emissions, and modern conservatism is largely about owning the libs.
And it is the ultimate example of Trumpian corruption.
We have good reason to believe that Trump and his associates are selling out America for the sake of personal gain. When it comes to climate, however, they aren’t just selling out America; they’re selling out the whole world.
But the good news is that climate change will almost certainly be the final nail in the coffin of the Trump regime.
As more Americans realize where he is taking them.
Or realize as the English historian Simon Schama once wrote, where the indifference to truth might lead them.
As some had predicted right from the beginning.
Trump and his deadly deniers may think that they can still get away with it.
But like the Cons in Canada they don't seem to understand that everything has changed.
Our only home is in mortal danger.
The future is fighting for its life.
And it will be the one that destroys them...