Politics

Months of protests by the Extinction Rebellion activist group and the opposition Labour Party have born fruit. The British Parliament has officially declared an “environment and climate emergency”. It does not define what that means, and it does not mandate any particular steps be taken. But as a symbol, it commits the government to do something about a problem too dire to ignore.

The Trump administration, on the other hand, has taken to the head-in-the-sand, whistling past the graveyard, ‘what, me worry?’ approach of the short-term, profit-obsessed. Their mantra is that ‘climate alarmism’ is just a socialist plot to interfere in free markets underpinned by greedy scientists trying to protect their grant money.

Hogwash. Science doesn’t work that way. First, peer review pits scientist against scientist with the reviewer looking to score ‘points’ by discrediting the paper-writer’s argument. Second, if scientists were people looking for cash, they would have gone into the money-making industries of banking, finance, or politics. Third, if money was the motivator, a climatologist could sell his soul for millions to the right-wing cabal of think tanks and other institutes.

But the strength of the dissemblers cannot be denied. It starts at the top. Trump, the go-it-alone Luddite, first removed the US from the Paris Climate Accord and is now demanding references to climate change be removed from an international statement on Arctic policy.

Meanwhile, the ice melts.

The science is unequivocal. The Earth is warming rapidly. The heat gain is man-made. And the effects will cause potentially catastrophic changes in weather, agriculture, desertification, and coastlines. Even the fossil fuel companies acknowledge it. The American military considers global warming a national security threat. And companies from Walmart to the corner deli are doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. 

But let’s, for argument’s sake, conduct a thought experiment. Imagine you were presented with some possibilities. One, the earth is rapidly heating, man is causing it, and it will lead to disastrous results. Two, there is no such thing as climate change. Three, there is climate change, but it won’t hurt us. Four, there is climate change, but it is part of a natural cycle, and we can’t do anything about it.

It boils down to two choices. We have to do something about climate change. Or we don’t have to/can’t do something about it. 

Now let’s consider what happens if we take action or not, based on whether our original assumption was right or wrong.

Let’s imagine we are right that climate change exists and we do something about it — that leads to sighs of relief at a planet-threatening bullet dodged. If we are right that climate change does not exist and we do nothing — no problem.

Now let’s imagine that we are wrong about global warming and we address a problem that doesn’t exist — we end up with a cleaner planet. We use less energy more efficiently. And we have some exciting new technology.

But what if climate change does exist and we don’t do anything about it? That leads to catastrophe.

So without arguing the science, we can see that addressing global warming — whether it exists or not — provides a far better outcome on average than if we don’t address it. So even if the science were 50/50 we would be better off doing something.

But the science isn’t 50/50. It is 97 to 3 in understanding we have a looming manmade problem. So any discussion is just wasting time, action is needed — immediately.

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Trump Accuses Rep. Omar of Being Out of Touch, Disrespectful, and Extremely Unpatriotic.

May 4, 2019

Monday evening, Trump was interviewed by Minnesota news network KSTP about his Twitter video juxtaposing Omar’s comments with a graphic video of the 9/11 attacks. When asked if he had any second thoughts about this exploitative and incendiary tweet — with its concomitant increase in death threats against Omar —  he replied, “No, not at all”. Having doubled down […]

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Stephen Moore, Unqualified and a Deadbeat, Is Trump’s Fed Nominee.

March 31, 2019

When Trump nominated Stephen Moore to fill a position on the board of the Federal Reserve he picked his usual caliber of candidate —  one lacking in character. The Guardian (UK) newspaper obtained court records from Virginia which showed Moore owed his ex-wife $300,000 in alimony and child support. When Moore continued to welsh on his obligations, the court ordered the […]

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Can Gillibrand Contend?

March 20, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand is one of a large – and expanding – field of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an era of progressive resurgence, she is a retro-style conservative Democrat. In large part, because she established her political positions as a Representative in a conservative district in upstate New York. Running for Senate she […]

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Theresa May’s Last Best Brexit Deal Rejected by Parliament

March 12, 2019

Having rejected a previous Brexit deal, the British Parliament voted today on a ‘tweeked’ version that British PM Theresa May had negotiated with the European Union. Parliament rejected the deal 391 — 242. There will be another vote in Parliament on whether the UK should exit the EU with no deal — the so-called “Hard Brexit”. If the MPs […]

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Fox and Friends Lie About an MS-13 Slaying in New York.

February 9, 2019

Last Sunday afternoon in Queens, NY a man was shot dead on a subway platform. A fight between three men and the victim had started on a Manhattan-bound train. As reported by NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea: “At some point, this confrontation turns physical, and as the train approached the 90th Street Station, the dispute spills onto […]

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John Dingell’s Final Published Words.

February 9, 2019

The following final published words from America’s longest-serving Congressman were published in the Washington Post. They are a testament to a great America. February 8 at 4:03 PMJohn D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1955 to 2015, was the longest-serving member of Congress in American history. He dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. […]

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Steve King’s Racism: A Timeline – With Comments.

January 18, 2019

Trip Gabriel of the New York Times put together a timeline of Rep. Steve King’s bigotry. I have reproduced it here with added comments. 2002 Mr. King, in the Iowa State Senate, files a bill requiring schools teach that the United States “is the unchallenged greatest nation in the world and that it has derived its strength from … […]

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A Little Girl Shows Conservatives Just Don’t Give a Damn.

December 16, 2018

A seven-year-old girl sets out with her father on a journey of 2,000 miles to seek asylum in the US. Conditions in her Guatemalan village were so dire that this dirty, exhausting trek across an inhospitable terrain seemed a better option than staying amidst fear and squalor. On arrival in the US, she is detained by border agents. Then, after eight hours […]

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