What changes this looming and already occurring disaster called global warming?
Political expediency, and pride, egotistical concern, that’s what, at least here in the behemoth polluting USA.
Disproportionate energy fossil fuel consumption compared to world population statistics condemn the USA as the per capita WORST WORLD POLLUTER RE CARBON SOURCES OF GLOBAL WARMING. We account for about 15% of all the world’s heat trapping gases making our only home planet a Venus experiment in the Greenhouse Effect.
The irony now is that this admitted friend to Big Oil polluters who are disproportionately guilty of this human disaster on a worldwide level, the POTUS, who removed us from the Paris Climate Change targets and treaty, which at least began to correct the overflow of carbon gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, which are sealing our own doom, already…his only big motivator is not the future of the human race, but instead his own imperiled reelection in 2020.
He has been told now that the American people are aware that climate change is in fact real, is growing in catastrophic effects, with severe storms, overgrowth of pathogenic organisms in the air and sea, soil, acidifying oceans, where sea life is dying off along with the coral that supports marine life, etc. You get the idea.
The people may in fact vote with their feet, or against him, en masse, because when your house is lifted away from the land by flash floods, or your food supply is endangered, or the heat is unbearable, and some lunatic with a gun comes to get you, because the heat promotes crime statistics too…or the water gets shut off in your home, or the snakes are in the water of the floods….well, maybe your leadership needs a change.
He will be motivated to change when his position is imperiled. When his thinkers and advisors see that the climate and his support of big business against your way of life being swept away, he may be forced to change. He wants the glory of the Presidency for 8 years, because that is what his ego demands.
We will see if America will go along with that premise. But it is a vulnerability looming large these days….and the more the tornados come, and the hurricanes, floods, winds of change sweep not only the plains, but big population centers, the people will be afraid, and vote for change, even when they don’t like the Democratic playing field as it exists now. There is such a thing as fear being a powerful predictor of election outcomes.
When 2008 the economy was in free fall, over several sectors, housing, stock and bond markets, too big to fail companies caving in, out stepped Barack Obama, and close to election time, September 2008, Lehman Brothers, and all the rest of economic catastrophe, well, people put him in, and likely due to some confluence of events lined up, it was fate. Such is history, the lining up of the Fates, at a particular moment in time.
The President would do well to learn from this, and take a different stand with regard to the environment especially, as the window of opportunity is fast closing. And the people are waking up from their long slumber. We need a leader who stands for tomorrow as well as today. And we owe it to the younger people too, who have more years to spend ahead. Watch also Juliana vs. the United States for judicial developments on change re this issue. The Trump Administration is trying to get it dismissed, but has so far not met with success on that front.