‘Our worst fears have come true’

January 20, 2019

(Illustration found here).

Rainy and chilly this Sunday evening on California’s north coast — the environment of dreary. Our only home is self-destructing — our only outside is changing rapidly from livable to unlivable.
Via today’s Time:

President Donald Trump mocked climate change again on Sunday, just days after the Department of Defense released a report outlining the effects of climate change on its operations.
Referring to the major winter storm that has brought frigid temperatures and snow to large parts of the U.S., the President tweeted, “Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!”
Trump’s denial of the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists comes just 10 days after his own Defense Department released the 22-page report, which assessed “significant vulnerabilities” the military faces from “climate-related events.”

The T-Rump is well beyond just a dumb-ass, he’s trying to kill us all. He appears to be trying his shit-ass best to make climate change worse, and come quicker — in relation, Joe Romm, writer, physicist and climate expert, published a must-read piece last week at Think Progress on the T-Rump’s ugly influence on us actually getting a handle on climate change.
Some snips:

Two years in, the presidency of Donald Trump has been a possibly fatal disaster for our livable climate, a number of climate and clean energy experts told ThinkProgress.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, countless climate experts voiced their concern about Trump, who had infamously called climate change a “hoax” and said it was “created by and for the Chinese.”
Trump promised to undo Obama-era environmental laws, bring back coal power, and withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, in which the world’s nations unanimously agreed to start ratcheting down carbon pollution.
For all these reasons, climatologist Michael Mann wrote in October 2016 that Trump was “a threat to the planet.”

“Our worst fears have come true,” Mann told ThinkProgress. Other experts agreed.

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, noted that by undoing Obama-era climate rules and rejecting the Paris agreement, Trump is delaying climate action, perhaps fatally.
“Trump got the Koch Bros what they wanted,” McKibben said, referring to petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch.
Trump’s rollbacks gave them “another half-decade or so of their business model, even at the expense of breaking the planet.”
Others, such as former Vice President Al Gore, acknowledge that “President Trump is going all out to damage humanity’s efforts to solve the climate crisis,” but take comfort in the clean energy revolution — which continues despite Trump’s repeated efforts to cut funding for research, development, and deployment.

“The most destructive action on Trump’s part has been his efforts to thwart the international Paris climate agreement by threatening unilateral withdrawal of the United States from an agreement that every other country in the world has signed on to,” said Mann.
“This has provided an excuse for other major carbon emitters, like China, to ease off on their own commitments toward carbon reductions.”
The bottom line for Mann: “As a result, global carbon emissions have now gone up two years straight after having flat-lined for three years, and the battle to stabilize warming below the dangerous 2C level has become that much more uphill a battle.”
Stabilizing warming below 2°C requires that global carbon emissions drop some 80 percent or more by mid-century.

For Van Jones (special adviser for green jobs under President Obama), the delay in climate action has been fatal.
“These are the last crucial years when America needs to be investing massively in clean energy technology, but we are instead wasting time on sideshows, sloganeering and stupidity,” he said.
“Our children will never forgive us.”

Time (as in clocks) is most-likely speedily evaporating…

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