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Crack in the Larsen C Shelf [photocredit: NASA/John Sonntag] [click to enlarge]

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After pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, Trump and Pruitt have been announcing that this would create lots of American jobs.

On Meet the Press on Sunday, Pruitt said that since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently, we have added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector.

This statement is completely wrong. There are only about 51,000 jobs in the entire coal industry in the U.S. Last month, 400 coal jobs were added. The entire U.S. mining sector added 7,000 jobs last month or 50,000 since the 4th quarter of 2016. Perhaps that was the figure Pruitt was quoting, but he carefully misquoted it so the numbers were vastly inflated.

Trump and Pruitt seem to be building up fossil fuel industries as massive job creators, which is just flat wrong. In comparison, just look at Tesla, just one company, which has over 1,800 job openings in the U.S. right now. Tesla is not known for its exciting benefits and great wages, but their high-pressure jobs in factories must be at least as good as coal mining jobs. If you had to pick a job, working in a coal mine or working for Tesla, which would you pick?

Coal is dead. It’s a dead industry, and no amount of deregulation is going to bring it back. Trump and the EPA can do whatever they want, we’re going to be buying less and less coal, and coal jobs will continue to disappear. The people are deciding, not Trump.

It’s all bluster.

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If you think science and education are expensive, try ignorance.

Just glance at this chart and you can see several phenomena:

  1. The graph is fairly linear, with a slight incline during the past two decades.
  2. At an increase of about 2-3 PPM per year, project out what it’ll be in 2100. Our grandchildren will not be happy.

 

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Rex Tillerson used the fake email name Wayne Tracker (his middle name is Wayne) within the Exxon email system for dialogs about global warming and how it could affect Exxon’s business. Of course, we have seen smoking gun documents from within the fossil fuel industry for decades about global warming, just like we saw tobacco documents in that industry in prior decades, before we all got smart.

Now you can’t smoke in public buildings anywhere in the United States. We have come to accept the reality that has been there all along, even though the tobacco lobby obfuscated it for decades and fought against it.

My question is: Why would Tillerson use a fake name? Is it because the CEO of Exxon can’t be seen discussing climate change issues within Exxon?

We have elected a clown president. With every new day it looks like we have also elected a crook president. We are still waiting for the truth to come out. Regarding climate change, Trump’s election may actually be a good thing, in the long run, because there is no way this issue will remain obfuscated with the international flood lights now shining on this issue from all directions. Climate change will be settled once and for all, and if the president and his cabinet are a bunch of crooks, as it is starting to look, they’ll eventually all be thrown out and the country can heal again.

They railed about Clinton being corrupt, and as I learn more I tend to agree, but for Trump to call Clinton corrupt….

Well, we all have heard about the kettle, haven’t we?

 

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We now have put Scott Pruitt, who has made a career of suing the EPA as Oklahoma’s attorney general, who is a climate change denier – contrary to his own recent statements – in charge of the EPA.

We recently saw an executive order to allow dumping of coal mining waste into streams, reversing an Obama order to the contrary. Supporters argue that this is not a new order, but simply a return to standards that were in place since 1983.

Ok, so we’re rolling that clock back to 1983, and we’re not so bad, because Reagan allowed it too?

This is all done for a few thousand coal mining jobs in the United States.

Great. We’re bringing jobs in coal mining and fracking back to the United States. China, Europe and even India are rapidly implementing renewable energy technologies. For instance, in Holland, all trains now run on wind energy. China just canceled 103 coal plants. China leads the world in implementation of solar energy.

Chinese children go to school 260 days a year. Americans 180. American children will be able to learn more about Noah’s ark when Betsy DeVos gets to implement her pet projects and bring “God to our schools.”

America puts its people to work in coal mines. China trains its people in renewable energies, software engineering, and manufacturing engineering.

That’s how we’re making America great again, folks.

Believe me.

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sonny-perdue

Climate change, we’re told, is responsible for heavy rains and drought alike. Whether temperatures are unseasonably low or high, global warming is the culprit. Snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes have been around since the beginning of time, but now they want us to accept that all of it is the result of climate change.… Liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.

— Sonny Perdue

Perdue is a former veterinarian and former governor of Georgia.

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Brilliant Chart by Randall Munroe.

Make sure you give it a good read, and scroll down slowly, all the way to the bottom. This is a good visualization for those who argue that “the climate is always changing” like some of our illustrious members of Congress.

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…is like

  • putting the fox into the henhouse (trite but trusted)
  • putting an arsonist in charge at the fire station (Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club)
  • disputing the existence of gravity (Rush Holt, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS))
  • saying the moon is made out of green cottage cheese (my own)

Mr. Trump and Mr. Pruitt, your viewpoints are opposed by 97% of the world’s scientist and a majority of the American public.

Human activities are largely responsible for climate change and severe impacts are already underway. The sooner we act, the lower the cost and risk will be.

You’ll go down in history as the administration that wrecked the planet – and the country.

Make America Great Again?

Seriously?

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You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind.

My uncle was for 35 years a professor at M.I.T. He was a great engineer, scientist. He was a great guy. And he was … a long time ago, he had feelings — this was a long time ago — he had feelings on this subject. It’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know. I know we have, they say they have science on one side but then they also have those horrible emails that were sent between the scientists. Where was that, in Geneva or wherever five years ago? Terrible. Where they got caught, you know, so you see that and you say, what’s this all about. I absolutely have an open mind. I will tell you this: Clean air is vitally important. Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important. Safety is vitally important.

And you know, you mentioned a lot of the courses. I have some great, great, very successful golf courses. I’ve received so many environmental awards for the way I’ve done, you know. I’ve done a tremendous amount of work where I’ve received tremendous numbers. Sometimes I’ll say I’m actually an environmentalist and people will smile in some cases and other people that know me understand that’s true. Open mind.

— Donald Trump – New York Times interview, Nov 23, 2016

Well, I am relieved that Trump’s uncle had feelings on the subject 35 years ago. It must be all good then.

I am also relieved that Trump received environmental awards for his golf courses. He understands climate science. It must be all good then.

Clean air and clean water are vitally important.

And he has an open mind.

I think I can now stop worrying about climate change. We have a good captain at the help.

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climate-science-consensus

Source: Skeptical Science

The worldwide consensus that the current global warming is anthropogenic approaches 100% as the expertise in climate science rises.

In English: The more a person knows about climate science, the more they believe it’s man-made.

Trump’s assignee to transition the EPA to the new administration is Myron Ebell, a climate change denier. Ebell has no scientific experience at all. He graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in philosophy and obtained an M.Sc. in political theory from the London School of Economics. This makes him a politician by education, and that’s what he has done all his life.

I put a dot for him on this chart. He has no professional experience with climate science.  Not surprisingly, and consistent with the graph, knowing nothing about climate science, he ends up on the bottom as a denier. There is nothing wrong with that. Most people don’t.

However, this is the “best and brightest” President-elect Trump came up with to head the transition of the EPA, a highly science-heavy organization. That’s like making the clerk in the butcher shop in your local supermarket the Surgeon General. After all, he knows what a T-bone steak is. Meat.

I wonder what kind of respect Ebell will garner from the staff in the EPA?

This appointment does not make Trump look like he is serious. During the campaign, he signaled that actual expertise does not really matter, as long as you have good advisers. But if the advisers themselves do not have any expertise, things will not end well.

The emperor has no clothes.

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No one has a right to make decisions for billions of people based solely on ideology. Climate change shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It isn’t a partisan issue for our military. It isn’t a partisan issue for our intelligence community.

— John Kerry

Here is a good article in Bloomberg titled “China Tells Trump That Climate Change Is No Hoax It Invented.”

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The Religious Argument

I have been fortunate that I was able to cast off the shackles and blinders of religion very early in life. I am not religious or spiritual in any way. I have always called myself a non-combative atheist, and I am convinced that mindset has served me well.

According to Wikipedia:

The Pew Religious Landscape survey reported that as of 2014, 22.8% of the U.S. population is religiously unaffiliated, atheists made up 3.1% and agnostics made up 4% of the U.S. population. The 2014 General Social Survey reported that 21% of American had no religion with 3% being atheist and 5% being agnostic.

So being part of only 3% of solid atheists mean that 29 out of 30 of my friends, associates and people I run into on a daily basis are more or much more religious than I.

As a result, I have a lot of religious friends. Some very old, good friends. I have friends who are pastors, youth pastors, and even a Catholic priest. In serious late-night discussions with religious friends, one of the most common points that eventually comes up is:

What if you are wrong?

They argue that their belief in a God protects them from eternal hellfire. While I, who does not have such an insurance policy, am exposed. Let’s say with both die. If there is a God, the priest presumably goes to heaven. If there isn’t, he’s just dead and nothing mattered anyway. But on the off-chance that there is a God, he has an insurance policy. He is covered.

But I don’t have that coverage. If there is a God, he says I’ll go to eternal hell. If there is no God, I’ll be just as dead and nothing mattered anyway.

I know that is why many religious people hang on to religion. Just in case.

The Climate Change Argument

The American public has been led to believe that “climate change is a hoax.” Our populace has just elected a government that officially, and in all levels of the executive and legislative branches, supports this argument.

The vast majority of all climate scientists in the world disagree with this reasoning. Our CO2 levels at 400 PPM in the Antarctic are now higher than they have been in 4 million years. In a hundred and fifty years of burning coal and oil we have created a hockey stick of CO2 levels in the atmosphere in the blink of an eye from a planet’s perspective. But this argument I am making here is not about the science. I’ll leave that to the thousands of scientist much better qualified than I am. I just need to state that I am utterly convinced that we’re seriously messing with the balances of chemistry in our atmosphere, and we will need to pay a dear price for that in the not too distant future.

Our illustrious American politicians tell us that it’s all a hoax. Never mind that we are the largest polluters in the world as a country. Never mind that the second and third largest polluters, China and India respectively, basically agree with the seriousness of climate change. Never mind that China is now cleaning up their act as rapidly as they can (which requires another post eventually to discuss). Never mind that 195 nations all came together and agreed that this is a serious problem and crafted the Paris climate agreement.

Our government, empowered by the electorate, is now preparing to get out of the Paris climate agreement. Trump’s position is: We’re not allowing UN bureaucrats to have the power to spend American tax dollars. By itself, that argument makes sense. UN bureaucrats should not get to spend American tax dollars. However, the consequences of just tearing up the agreement are severe.

What if they are wrong?

Say for the sake of argument that climate change really were a hoax. These CO2 levels of 400 and more in our air are just a natural spike, and humanity has nothing to do with it, and can do nothing to change it. The weather will change whether we like it or not.

In a hundred years, no matter what we do, we’ll still be here, with our Manhattan real estate, with our Miami beaches, happily ever after.

Then it will not have mattered.

But on the other side, if human activity actually does affect the climate adversely, and the hockey stick graphs are going to get worse, we will have serious consequences to deal with as a species. The human food chain in the oceans will be disrupted. Agriculture will be severely hindered. Real estate will disappear and many of the lowlands around the country will be under water.

Seriously, we’re willing to play this game – for MONEY?

Ignoring climate change now is like killing the last rooster and chicken, who have been laying eggs for us every day, so we can have ONE LUNCH.

We’re risking our children’s welfare and taking away their right to the pursuit of happiness so we can burn some more oil and coal, so some people can have jobs? Seriously?

What if we are wrong?

 

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Did I just hear Trump say that he never said Climate Change was a Chinese Hoax?

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Here are 54 statement by Trump related to Climate Change.

  1. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/418542137899491328
  2. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/349973299889057792
  3. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/316252016190054400
  4. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/475668993928212480
  5. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/435574043354611712
  6. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/270628609817976834
  7. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/435393088383889408
  8. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/412159674042294272
  9. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/326875628966117376
  10. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/349973845228269569
  11. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/512246203967619072
  12. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/338448296022511618
  13. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/488825209189711873
  14. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/427226424987385856
  15. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/417818392826232832
  16. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/488926006225285120
  17. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/431018674695442432
  18. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/428418323660165120
  19. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/653385381526806528
  20. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/404420095113715712
  21. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/408977616926830592
  22. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/319377285687939072
  23. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/428416406280241153
  24. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/408380302206443520
  25. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/521862351218573312
  26. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/489381851350319107
  27. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/407505938774757376
  28. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/568387798924963840
  29. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/493935815207043072
  30. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/420333882597466112
  31. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/450964791985971200
  32. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/326874524576526337
  33. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/422819593120256000
  34. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/568021533131718656
  35. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/408018451362766849
  36. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/416909004984844288
  37. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/334254335116587008
  38. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/535102735830773760
  39. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/338978381636984832
  40. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/428954382915223552
  41. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/417816035107299328
  42. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/264010129106665472
  43. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/488813607958757376
  44. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/264007296970018816
  45. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/427556692109574146
  46. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/412162068989874176
  47. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/440811151283486720
  48. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/326781792340299776
  49. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/408983789830815744
  50. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/416539702096052224
  51. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/338429342646423553
  52. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/402217536751951872
  53. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/423179182198104064
  54. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/314744479821205505

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