I was raised in a family that taught me that there are two things you never talk about in public: religion and politics. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned what utter bullshit that is. I mean, I understand why my family said it, but we’ve entered an era where being silent is no longer an option. So here is what will inevitably be the first of many posts about the political happenings in our country
I’m writing this as Trump wraps up his announcement about pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. An agreement of which he understands literally nothing, as he so eloquently demonstrated (insert copious amounts of sarcasm here) in his remarks today. The implications of taking the US out of this agreement reach far beyond the climate, though that is a huge factor, as our country is the #2 polluter on the planet, second only to China. In addition to wreaking absolute and potentially irreversible havoc on the environment, this decision also negatively impacts our economy, our ability to compete with the rest of the globe, as well as our standing and relationships with countries the world over. But Trump can’t possibly grasp those concepts because he lacks the aptitude necessary to lead the free world. He is lazy, selfish, and easily manipulated by others (not mentioning any names, Bannon). Also, he apparently skipped basic science classes in school.
The damage he’s doing now and will continue to do over the next 3.5 years, if he’s not removed from office before then, will most certainly persist long after he’s gone. Climate change is real. Can I say that again? CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. This is not a partisan issue. It is science. It has been tested, measured, verified, and reproduced. Climate change is a very real threat to our existence. Contrary to the ass backward beliefs of this administration, coal and oil are not the energies of the future. Oh and that bit about creating more jobs by pulling out of the accord, that’s just bullshit. There is zero guarantee that this decision will create more jobs. In fact, it is sure to put us behind other countries in the realm of energy and while they move forward developing new technologies, we’ll be stuck here in the 1800s. For arguments sake though, let’s say this decision does create jobs, there is no future in it. None of this will matter if our coastal cities are under water and we create climate refugees within our own borders. And while I realize the reality of those things happening might be years away, so is the next presidential election.
Just some food for thought…
Here’s a link to a poignant Ted Talk, if you’re so inclined: Averting The Climate Crisis