Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
I have been listening to footage of reporters asking a question of the White House spokesperson, “Does the President still believe that Climate Change is a hoax?” This little clip has been playing on a loop ever since T-Rump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords.
I guess the reporters want to know if the president’s stated beliefs on climate science, that it is a hoax, invented by the Chinese to hurt the American economy, if this irrational, ungrounded and insane view of the world is what led to his decision.
Would it matter?
It would not matter.
T-Rump is a man without beliefs. He has no convictions. He is rudderless.
T-Rump only seeks opportunities to advance his narrative.
I did not say that T-Rump seeks opportunities to advance his agenda, because he has no agenda, there are no long term goals, there is no strategy or planning.
T-Rump’s only desire is to promote an image of himself as a winner, as a billionaire, as a doer. His withdraw from the Paris Accord’s was one of the few things he could do, that he promised to do on the campaign trail, that he was able to do on his own. Because the senate would not ratify the accords, the American people, and the world, were no protected from this kind of insane action.
T-Rump gets his little victory, and America loses another degree of prominence in the world, we cede another sector of the economic future to our global competitors, and a few members of congress, a few people in his cabinet, a few of his allies, make a tiny bit of profit in the short term.
He said he did it to keep a promise. He does not care about keeping promises. He lies about his intentions all the time.
He said he did it to save American jobs. He just robbed future generations of Americans of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the clean energy sector of manufacturing and technology.
He may have temporarily saved a few jobs in the coal sector, the dinosaur sector, the industrial revolution sector of the economy.
He cost us hundreds of billions of dollars in investment, in research and development, for the technologies that will move us toward the sun, and the wind, and the tides to power our future.
Worse than that, he has condemned the world, the entire world to a future in which the seas will rise, and coastal communities around the world will be erased by the waters that surround them.
This might have happened anyway, that is true, and we should not lose sight of it, but the longer we wait to forestall this impending doom, the longer we wait to take corrective measures, the more people and communities that will be displaced, and with their displacement will come famine, and pestilence, and war.