In my personal email this morning, I received one that floored me …
Sorry to see you have promoted little Greta… the most incredible and complete shill to hit the news in some time…. Just as ‘Climate change’ is one of the the biggest hoaxes to ever be perpetrated on this planet…. just pay Al Gore your carbon tax and we can all breathe a little easier. PLEASE…For God’s sakes do some research on this issue.
IT’S ALL A GIANT CON GAME… JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THE LEFT IS PROMOTING. THEY WANT WORLD GOV’T ( A NEW WORLD ORDER) AND WILL LET NOTHING STAND IN THEIR WAY.
He included a link I could follow, presumably so that I could do that “research on this issue” that he recommended. The link was to a site called “anticorruptionsociety” — sounds like a fact-based, scientific site, doesn’t it? I did not click on the link, not because I’m so close-minded that I don’t read opposing opinions – I actually do. But, I have no idea who this person is and the source seemed questionable.
My initial reaction was … I wanted to strike back … I wanted to reply to his email and ask him when he escaped from the mental hospital. I wanted to tell him that in fact Donald Trump is the most complete “shill” to hit the news. But, sigh, I know that the best response is no response, so I have not and will not respond. Still, this letter, first thing this morning, set the mood for my day, and I have found it impossible to focus, to settle in to finish any of the posts I have started. And so, I shall ramble for a bit, if it’s alright with you guys.
It isn’t that I’m thin-skinned and can’t take criticism … if that were the case, I wouldn’t write this blog! I can fight fire with fire and have often fought rhetoric with facts. But … the denial of climate change is something else altogether, for the deniers are not reasonable people and they bend or ignore facts to suit their purposes.
All the talk about the economy, Trump claims the economy is strong, but still wants the Federal Reserve Board to lower interest rates yet again. Hopefully, Jerome Powell will stand his ground, for it would be very foolish to lower the rates at this time. But, the fact is that if we continue to ignore the environment, the economy is not going to make one damn bit of difference to anybody. Which would you rather have: a million dollars, or fresh air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat?
The United States, since Trump took office, has done less than any other western nation to address environmental issues. In fact … it has done nothing. Under President Obama, we were on the right track, though we still had a long way to go. But, Trump has undone almost every environmental regulation that was put into place under the Obama administration. Just yesterday, he announced that he is planning to roll back rules on methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change. It’s the 84th environmental rule to be targeted by President Trump. Why would he do that? A number of reasons …
- He is so jealous of President Obama that he is hellbent and determined to undo everything he did
- He is deeply indebted to his campaign donors who mainly asked for two things: tax cuts, and a rollback of environmental regulations
- He is a fool
I see a couple of possible outcomes to this perfidy.
The first, and best-case scenario is that in just over 14 months, this nation elects a new president and replaces enough republican senators that environmental issues will once again be placed at the top of the priority list. We re-join the Paris Climate Accord and work cooperatively with the rest of the world to try to solve the problems, largely eliminating fossil fuel use, expanding renewable energy sources, promoting improvements for electric vehicles, banning toxic chemicals, finding alternatives to single-use plastics, protecting wildlife, and more.
Another scenario, however, is if Trump is re-elected and continues to hasten the demise of the planet. Think about it this way. Say you live in a neighborhood where everybody tries to keep their yards tidy, most have flowers, shrubbery, and green grass. A new neighbor moves in and every single day he throws his trash in everybody else’s yard. How long will it be before the neighbors take action against this one slovenly neighbor? Not long, I think. If Trump continues to disregard the environment while other nations are working to try to bring it back into balance, don’t you think that eventually they will take action against the U.S.? Think about that one for a minute.
Those who truly believe that climate change is a hoax are delusional, most fall in line with the conspiracy theory of the day and are largely irrelevant. It is, rather, those who do understand that there is a problem, but refuse to address it that are complicit in the destruction of the earth. For some, they “live for today” and to hell with tomorrow. For them, greed has overtaken caring. For others, they believe that one morning they will awaken and find that their god has miraculously cleared the air, removed all the plastic from the oceans, removed the chemicals from our water and soil, re-forested the rain forests, and put everything back to rights.
We talk about the economy, about health care, about infrastructure and building walls, but in truth, there is only one issue on the docket, for if we do not take drastic action to address climate change, none of the rest will matter … not one bit.