HOT DEBATE USA
Turning up the heat, President Trump appears to like it hot in the kitchen as he brings his business ethics with him to the White House, amid a global consensus for change, he is swimming against the tide of a United Nations that is not as united as it might be with America included in plans to cool the planet down.
No harm done if the President elect catches up quickly enough, but confusion abounds while the left and right arms of his administration fail to communicate effectively in this international business deal that is likely to be one of Donald's failures that will follow him to the grave (and take with him millions more) if he cannot pull out of this political nose dive and save the day.
WHAT! - Business success does not go hand-in-glove with conservation, where there is no profit in doing the right thing. This begs the question, do we want hard nosed business non-ethics entering the political arena. Want it or not the US have got it, while the entrepreneur is doing his best to develop a conscience and reconcile that with the economy. Please Mr President, help the world recover and grow towards a sustainable future.
GRIST CLIMATE DESK SEPTEMBER 20 2017
Over the weekend, the
Wall Street Journal
reported that a White House staffer told foreign officials the president is considering remaining in the 2015 landmark
Paris climate change
agreement. The reported shift came on the eve of a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, where climate remains a main issue on the
agenda. Within hours of publication, a posse of Trump officials went out of their way to discredit the story — which only added to the confusion.
From an original article by Mother Jones
HOW MUCH TROUBLE ARE WE IN - Big trouble. Over the coming 25 or 30 years, scientists say, the climate is likely to gradually warm, with more extreme weather. Coral reefs and other sensitive habitats are already starting to die. Longer term, if emissions rise unchecked, scientists fear climate effects so severe that they might destabilize governments, produce waves of refugees, precipitate the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in the Earth’s history, and melt the polar ice caps, causing the seas to rise high enough to flood most of the world’s coastal cities. The emissions that create those risks are happening now, raising deep moral questions for our generation.
On the subject of fiddling while Rome (or California) burns, Nero, was perhaps the most famous of the Roman Caesars. He began rather modestly in his plans, that is, until his participation in theater (his famous fiddling) and other sportsmanship gained him praise, which he appeared to become intoxicated on. This eventually unloosed a kind of madness, from paranoia about threats to his life and the loyalty of his followers, to a false confidence in natural resources and excessive spending and sexual debauchery. All of which led him to the moment he burns down Rome as the spectacle of all spectacles. According to many media stories Trump, in his tweeting has touched on every one of these conceits. Believe it or not, the Roman emperor Nero was very popular with Rome's lower class. Yes, the Emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned.
The burning question is: How long will the President elect take to smell the smoke and will that be in time to reverse any damage done? US presidents are elected to a four-year term. The maximum number of full terms that a president can serve is two. A lot of climate damage can be done in 8 years if the worst comes to the worst, meaning that other countries should work even harder to expose and isolate powers that effectively promote global warming policies. The only place to hit some policy makers is in the wallet!
NEWS - President Trump declared a state of emergency after
fires started in December 2017, to free up funding to "help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population".
Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes as firefighters battle the wildfires on several fronts.
Mr Brown, a Democrat who has attacked the Trump administration's stance on climate change, said: "We're facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people's lives, their properties, their neighbourhoods, and of course billions and billions of dollars. "With climate change, some scientists are saying southern California is literally burning up."
IRMA - Barbuda
(seen above) is a small island in the eastern Caribbean that forms part of the sovereign Commonwealth nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located to the north of Antigua in the middle of the Leeward Islands. As of September 2017, due to massive destruction to the
island's infrastructure during Hurricane Irma Barbuda has been abandoned. Most of its population of about 1,638 (at the 2011 Census) lived in the town of
Codrington. Antigua and Barbuda became a sovereign nation on 1 November 1981, but remained part of the British Commonwealth and a constitutional
monarchy. The island has since become a popular tourist destination because of its moderate climate and coastline.
"The Trump Administration is having its Katrina-moment this week. Katrina being the hurricane that struck New Orleans during the Bush 32 Administration, and became the poster-child for both horrible government policy and the cost of ignoring the effects of climate change. We’ll leave the government policy issues to other people who care about that sort of thing. What we care about is the increase in extreme weather events, as predicted by climate scientists over many years, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure (highways, airports, etc) along the coasts. What’s shocking is that just a few days ago the Trump Administration overturned Obama-era rules that infrastructure projects built on coastlines must consider sea level rise. And, right now we have a huge demonstration of the cost of sea level rise and extreme weather patterns, both of which are the result of a heating climate." David Herron August 28, 2017
UNITED AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE - The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are yearly conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They serve as the formal meeting of the UNFCCC Parties (Conference of the Parties, COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change, and beginning in the mid-1990s, to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. From 2005 the Conferences have also served as the "Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol" (CMP); also parties to the Convention that are not parties to the Protocol can participate in Protocol-related meetings as observers. From 2011 the meetings have also been used to negotiate the Paris Agreement as part of the Durban platform activities until its conclusion in 2015, which created a general path towards climate action. The first UN Climate Change Conference was held in 1995 in Berlin.
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