Whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, there’s one element that’s now all but a certainty: His presidency does not bode well in the planet’s war against Climate Change, especially in Miami, where we’re already seeing debilitating effects from rising sea levels.
Trump’s choice to lead his EPA transition team is Myron Ebell, noted Scientific American in September. This is not good, especially for vulnerable areas like South Florida, as Ebell is a global warming skeptic that questions “global warming alarmism and energy-rationing policies.”
More recently, Ebell has called the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases illegal and said that Obama joining the Paris climate treaty “is clearly an unconstitutional usurpation of the Senate’s authority.”
He told Vanity Fair in 2007, “There has been a little bit of warming ... but it’s been very modest and well within the range for natural variability, and whether it’s caused by human beings or not, it’s nothing to worry about.”
“Nothing to worry about.” Not that this is surprising considering Trump’s personal views on the matter.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
This is sickening and presents concern over the future of the Paris Agreement, which went into effect last week. Not only is Trump expected to pull out of the 195-country agreement designed to limit emissions worldwide but he promised to cut EPA regulations by 70 to 80 percent.
Here’s Ebell in Forbes back in 2006, saying Global Warming would be a good thing.
“Rising sea levels, if they happen, would be bad for a lot of people. But a warming trend would be good for other people. More people die from blizzards and cold spells than from heat waves. Increased death rates usually persist for weeks after the unusually cold temperatures have passed, which suggests that the cold is killing people who would otherwise live into another season at least... Modest climatic improvement would be to have fewer and less severe big winter storms...
Meanwhile, a recent study says “anywhere from 4 million (three-foot rise) to 13 million (six-foot rise) people are projected to be living in coastal cities that are expected to flood by 2100.”
So not only is our lovely governor refusing to recognize Climate Change’s existence but our president-elect, soon to be the most powerful soul on earth, is poised to lead an all-out surrender to one of the planet’s greatest and most powerful threats.
Forget Canada, maybe it’s time to really look into this whole Mars thing.