It’s Not Trump’s Denial of Climate Change That We Need to Worry About
It’s his cronies in the energy industry that we should be concerned about
Trump was finally convinced by his campaign to visit California on Monday to discuss the wildfires with local officials. Governor Newsom had a very simple briefing book prepared for him that contained lots of colorful graphs and large font.
Trump is infamous for refusing to read his briefing books. He prefers graphics and as little text as possible.
Despite the briefing book clearly linking climate change and wildfires and the pleading of both the governor and the other officials who were present, Trump refused to acknowledge that climate change was in any way responsible for the increasing heat and the growing number and intensity of wildfires. He even claimed that science didn’t know if climate change had anything to do with the wildfires.
Trump stubbornly stuck to his theory of proper vegetation management to prevent fires and even opined that the weather would cool down in the future.
This is similar to his response to Hurricane Laura earlier. In that case, he claimed that there was no way to know if climate change was causing the growing numbers and intensities of hurricanes.
All of this is worrisome enough, but he is an elderly man who is set in his ways, not likely to change his opinions on anything.
The real problem is his rich cronies in the oil, gas and coal industries. They are the ones encouraging him in his thinking about climate change. Trump has two criteria for, I don’t want to say friends because he doesn’t have any, perhaps inner circle of advisors is a better term. They either have to be family or people he has known for years, or filthy rich. Trump is impressed by wealth.
The titans of the energy industry fit the bill. They are all disgustingly rich. And smart. Much smarter than Trump. Like Putin, they are using Trump as their patsy. He is getting all the blame for the rollback of the environmental protections put in place by previous presidents while they reap the benefits.
Let me make this perfectly clear: they know that climate change is caused by CO2 emissions from the burning of oil, gas and coal. They know that climate change is slowly making our planet uninhabitable.
They just don’t care. They know that they will be dead by the time that climate change completely destroys the environment. So they continue to pollute and rake in the big bucks in a classic game of He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins.
This is not the first time this has happened. Big Tobacco knew for years that smoking causes cancer but they denied it and hid the evidence of their own scientists. Cigarettes were too profitable to give up. So they continued to sell them, producing obscene amounts of profits while people died horrible deaths.
This is what is happening today with Big Energy. They know that they are destroying the environment. They know that people are dying. They just don’t want to give up their private jets, vacation homes, season tickets and arm candy.
It’s up to us to rob them of their power and stop them from destroying our planet. A good start is to elect Biden in November. He acknowledges climate change and has a plan for clean energy.
We must also retain the House and take the Senate. Leaving Republicans in the majority in the Senate will effectively stop any attempt by a Biden administration and Democrats to reinstate environmental regulations that Trump rolled back as well as create new ones and start the country on the path to clean energy to slow climate change.
We also need funding for research. And we need funding for hardening our defenses against rising sea levels, massive flooding and wildfires.
All of this takes all of us making our voices heard in November. We have the power to effect change. We just have to use our power and vote.