Trump Administration report says that temperatures will rise 7 degrees by 2100, but claims that we can do nothing about it.

By | 2018-09-29T08:07:24+00:00 September 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Wait, what? 

Courtesy of WaPo:

Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous seven degrees by the end of this century.

A rise of seven degrees Fahrenheit, or about four degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists. Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe.

But the administration did not offer this dire forecast, premised on the idea that the world will fail to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, as part of an argument to combat climate change. Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.

The draft statement, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was written to justify President Trump’s decision to freeze federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020. While the proposal would increase greenhouse gas emissions, the impact statement says, that policy would add just a very small drop to a very big, hot bucket.

“The amazing thing they’re saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it,” said Michael MacCracken, who served as a senior scientist at the U.S. Global Change Research Program from 1993 to 2002.

It really feels that Aaron Sorkin was channeling Nostradamus when he wrote this bit for HBO’s “The Newsroom.”

Yeah, that’s terrifying.

The good news is that it is highly unlikely any of us would be alive by 2100 anyway. 

The bad news is that everybody else might die by then as well. 

You know the whole idea about having a government is not just to solve problems happening at this moment, but also working to prevent problems that will occur in the future. 

President Obama was actually working on solutions to avoid or at least minimize this outcome, and here we have the Trump Administration throwing up their hands and saying, “Fuck it, what are ya gonna do?”

There is actually still a lot we can do.

Yes, we should have been aggressively working on this for the last fifty or sixty years, but that does not mean there are no steps that can be taken to protect us, at least somewhat, from the failings of past generations. 

And that is yet another thing that we need to keep in mind when we go to the polls in November.

We need to elect politicians with hope for the future and with fact-based ideas about how to get us there in one piece.

And yes, I would suggest that every single one of those choices is going to have a “D” next to their name on the ballot.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 30, 2018 at 5:02 am

    “I’m not a doctor but I play one on television.” Remember those commercials? Exactly what this reminds me of.
    Herr dRumpf finds those who will do his bidding, facts be damned. “It’s too late?” It’s never too late.

  2. Beaglemom September 30, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Well, you certainly don’t do those things which will hasten the rise and make things even worse which is what the Trump administration and their GOP cohorts have been doing since they took over. Decimate the EPA, start using coal more than ever before, eliminate fuel standards for automobiles, and on and on. It’s what happens when you deny the reality of events and of science. And I’m willing to bet that the administration will turn around and blame President Obama for it all.

    • Eye Roll Troll September 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

      And President Obama can brush the dandruff that is them off his suit coat shoulder.

  3. Anon September 30, 2018 at 8:06 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/trump-accelerating-death-american-empire/

    “MRGA, or Make Russia Great Again.”
    “In 2016, in what came to be known as the “homeland,” American voters responded to that reality in a visceral way. They elected as president a truly strange figure, a man who alone among the country’s politicians was peddling the idea that the U.S. was no longer great but, like Putin’s Russia, would have to be made great again.” + “the adolts in the room” “They were especially responsible for the decision to invest in the U.S. military (and little else), as well as in endless wars, in the years before Donald Trump came to power.” “In his book, Woodward describes a National Security Council meeting in August 2017, in which the adolts in the room saved the president from his worst impulses. He describes how an impatient Donald Trump “exploded, most particularly at his generals. You guys have created this situation. It’s been a disaster. You’re the architects of this mess in Afghanistan… You’re smart guys, but I have to tell you, you’re part of the problem. And you haven’t been able to fix it, and you’re making it worse… I was against this from the beginning. He folded his arms. ‘I want to get out… and you’re telling me the answer is to get deeper in.’”“‘You are all telling me that I have to do this,’ Trump said grudgingly, ‘and I guess that’s fine and we’ll do it, but I still think you’re wrong. I don’t know what this is for. It hasn’t gotten us anything. We’ve spent trillions,’ he exaggerated. ‘We’ve lost all these lives.’ “Of Mattis himself, in response to reports that he might be on the way out after the midterm elections, the president recently responded, “He’ll stay… we’re very happy with him, we’re having a lot of victories, we’re having victories that people don’t even know about.””don’t for a second think that The Donald was the one who brought us to this state, though someday he will undoubtedly be seen as the personification of it and of the decline that swept him into power. And for all that, for the victories that people won’t know about and the defeats that they will, he’ll have the adolts in the room to thank. They proved to be neither the empire builders of their dreams, nor even empire preservers, but a crew of potential empire burners.”

    “with a total surface area of 197 million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water. It’s not so hard, if you’re in a certain frame of mind (as American officials were after 1991), to imagine that a single truly great nation — a “sole superpower” with a high-tech military, its capabilities unparalleled in history — might in some fashion control it all.”

    “Believe me, folks, it’s going to be anything but pretty. ”

    FUCKUdickcheney!

  4. Anonymous September 30, 2018 at 9:20 am

    This takes me back to that movie the Road by Cormac McCarthy. Someone pushed a button and the world is turned into dust and the remaining living are walking around looking for food. They eat each other. Cormac McCarthy writes some depressing shit and it is said that he visits not with his peers but with scientist who have spelled out the outcome of certain scenarios regarding the result of human doings on this earth. Look, the earth will be here long after we are gone. It will sigh a long breath of relief and then live on. We as humans, are egocentric enough to delude ourselves that we are the “one’. Even the evangelicals believe that God gave the earth for us to fuck up. And when he returns, we’re gonna get a better one provided we listen to those mega rich prosperity icons like Joyce Myers and Joel Osteen who swear by their capped teeths that it is the gospel. But listen to the likes of Carl Sagan and other scientist and they will say that we have affected our ozone layers and we still are doing things here on this little earth in the name of consumerism that is doing lasting damage to the planet. It doesn’t even take a rocket scientist to know that. We buy bottled water because our waters are too contaminated to drink. The foods we eat are all filled with antibiotics and harmful preservatives to our bodies and minds. We are in an endless cycle of eat, sleep, and poop. We literally give nothing back to this earth. Oh, there are some who are making an effort. My friend recently put up solar panels but by the time she was done it cost her well over ten thousand dollars. I couldn’t afford that. And even though I am in constant need of money, I try to wrap my mind around this fact that we as humans put a monetary value on everything and we print the money and sell it to each other and yet because the earth overheating is in the near future, we don’t get overly excited. Wow. I say this. If that’s our mentality, then maybe be don’t deserve and earth. I mean if it wants it can shuck us of of it anytime. It’s been trying with all those hurricanes and earthquakes. But we are like lice and bed bugs. We’ve infested and it’ll take something awful to shuck us off. But kudos to those who try to make changes to preserve the planet. You know, Al Gore, he’s out there preaching and only few listen because of fucking partisan politics. And Donald is not worried at all about this because he’s rich and the rich know that they can leave the planet and go fuck up another one.

    • Eye Roll Troll September 30, 2018 at 10:27 am

      “they can leave the planet and go fuck up another one.”
      Welcome to the Mormon faith!

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