Ivanka Trump isn’t always with her children doing motherly things, and she hasn’t always looked the way she does today.
Something else has changed about Ivanka. She has previously indicated that she planned to use her position to advocate against policies that exacerbate climate change. However it seems that in the Trump family things don’t always work out as planned. Take for example the trip Melania and Ivanka took to Germany.
While in Germany the two took a tour of the German Climate Computing Center, a lab that uses supercomputers to model the progress and effects of climate change. The visit was proposed by Merkel’s husband, Joachim Sauer, who’s a physical-and-theoretical-chemistry professor. Yet, either the two were not really committed to influencing the Donald on climate change, or they were unpersuasive.
Since Trump took office he has rolled back 23 environmental rules that ranged from approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to lifting a freeze on coal leases, according to The New York Times. Trump pulled out of the Paris Accord and appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. During his tenure as attorney general, Pruitt worked alongside the fossil fuel industry to oppose Obama-era regulations and sued the EPA at least 14 times.
Trump also appointed Jim Bridenstine, a Republican Congressman, to head NASA. Bridenstine has no background as a scientist, but he is adamant that climate change is a hoax. His appointment to NASA is especially troubling as it is NASA that conducts and publishes climate change research and monitors the earth’s climate with American satellites. Bridenstine like Trump denies that global warming is imaginary. Bridenstine said in 2013 that “Global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago.” However the truth is just the opposite. The period of 2006-2015 was the warmest decade on record. Worldwide 2015 was the warmest year on record. Global average surface temperature has risen at an average rate of 0.15°F per decade since 1901 (see Figure 2), similar to the rate of warming within the contiguous 48 states. Since the late 1970s, however, the United States has warmed faster than the global rate.
Scientists who have warned of global warming have explained that as global warming persists, storms will become more intense and severe. The consequences of which were predicted to be catastrophic. As people in Houston Texas will tell you, Hurricane Harvey broke all-time records for for most rain during a short period within the continental U.S. It was catastrophic.
As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, it is hard to imagine the devastation that may result. Irma is already one for the record books. As a Category 5 with sustained winds of 180 miles per hour, Irma now ranks among the most powerful hurricanes (as measured by wind speed) ever recorded. Irma sustained 185 mph winds for more than 24 hours, a record length of time for a hurricane in the Atlantic.Irma has been a Category 5 storm for more than two days.
Records are tumbling in quick succession this year. Irma is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record.
Major storms are falling outside their normal range (Irma is the easternmost on record), and at strange times of the year.
According to the 2014 National Climate Assessment, the intensity, frequency and duration of North Atlantic hurricanes have increased since the early 1980s. The frequency of the strongest storms—category 4 and 5 hurricanes—has increased too.
Those higher temperatures (as well as higher temperatures in the atmosphere) feed the storms, helping them strengthen. One study based on two decades of data found that hurricanes intensify significantly faster now than they used to. The researchers found that storms reach Category 3 wind speeds nine hours faster than they did in the 1980s.
Storms feed off of latent heat, which is why scientists think global warming is strengthening storms. Extra heat in the atmosphere or ocean nourishes storms; the more heat energy that goes in, the more vigorously a weather system can churn.
Over the past 30 years there has been a pattern of increasingly higher average temperatures for the whole world. In fact, the first decade of this century (2001–2010) was the hottest decade recorded since reliable records began in the late 1800s.
So what can you personally do about global warming? Probably very little as long as Donald Trump is President. However there is a way to make your voice heard today. Do it right now. There is a petition which states that Ivanka Trump has done little to persuade the president to take an active role on climate change, despite her promise to be an advocate to work against global warming. “Ivanka Trump can say what she wants about climate change,” the petition letter notes, “but as long as she quietly stands back, she remains complicit in the destruction we all face at the hands of her father’s administration.”
The petition letter goes on to say that the current administration “is on a fast track setting climate progress back, which will only exacerbate the effect of future storms.”
JOIN ME TODAY IN LENDING YOUR NAME TO THE PETITION!
The estimated cost of Harvey is $180 Billion. Hurrican Irma is estimated to do $250 Billion in damage. If we continue to bury our heads in the sand/flood waters, how will we ever reduce the national debt? In 2016, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that hurricanes currently cause about $28 billion, on average, in annual damage nationwide. But those costs are projected to rise 40 percent between now and 2075, after adjusting for inflation. Nearly half of that projected increase, the C.B.O. said, is because global warming and sea-level rise are expected to make hurricanes and storm surges more severe, though the exact effects are still a source of debate among scientists.
LET’S RE-NAME “IRMA” TO “IVANKA.”