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People have warned that Donald Trump’s endorsement of nuclear proliferation could be catastrophic for the planet. Yet some say that a nuclear holocaust is unlikely, and the result of liberals over-reacting to Donald Trump. However there is no way that anyone can deny the danger that America is ALREADY facing, and Trump will simply make it worse. It’s called climate change, and Trump says it’s a “hoax.”
2016 is predicted to be hottest year ever. If every year of the Trump presidency is the hottest on record, he would go down in history as the “Hottest President Ever!” The data out of the Arctic right now is terrifying: Over the last two months, temperatures have been as much as 36 degrees above normal. A chunk of ice the size of India has disappeared from the polar ice caps this year. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years on record have come since 2000.
Trump vowed to renege on U.S. commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement, undo Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and dismantle the EPA. His decisions made so far in this transitional period do not indicate anything different. Trump has assembled an energy and environment team that includes a climate-denier to head the EPA transition and executives from major fracking and oil companies.
A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. She warned that his threat to scrap climate protection policies puts the world’s future at risk.
Ms Todd Whitman was interviewed on Trump’s likely policies for a documentary – Climate Change: the Trump Card – which airs on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 on Tuesday.
She said: “I find it very worrisome that there seems to be a disdain for the science on protecting the environment.
“I worry terribly for the future of my family and families round the world because Mother Nature has never observed geopolitical boundaries and what one country does really does affect another country.
“To walk away from something where you have 97% of scientists saying this is occurring and people have an impact on it … it’s gotten to the point where we’ve got to try to slow it down if we’re going to survive it.”
Trump’s picks for Cabinet posts have alarmed scientists. Several of them have cast doubt on climate science. Rick Perry, the nominee for Energy Secretary, who has in the past argued for the abolition of the Department of Energy, he is about to lead.
The choice for head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt, who wants to scrap the clean power program which is the basis for America’s pledge to the UN to curb CO2 emissions.
Mr Trump’s pick for Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, head of oil giant Exxon Mobil, which is being investigated for allegedly misleading its shareholders over risks to the climate. Nick Loris from the libertarian Heritage Foundation told BBC News: “Scott Pruitt has led the charge against an overly aggressive EPA – an agency that’s run wild, rampantly, with excessive regulations that are devoid of any meaningful environmental benefit.
“He wants to return environmental protection down to the state level where a lot of our environmental challenges can better be solved,” he added.
It’s been 8 years since that astonishing day that John McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate. Since that painful moment, Sarah has proven herself to be just as ignorant, vicious, and bigoted as she was then. Only a few things have changed. (1) Bristol is on her third/fourth/fifth pregnancy. (2) Shailey Tripp is no longer working for Todd. (3) Track has fathered two children out of wed lock. (4) Sarah is 8 years older. She has attempted to change her hair, breast size, hair color, facial contour, glasses, but has totally failed to educate herself about political issues. Sarah has turned on Ted Cruz (She endorsed Trump instead of Cruz) Sarah has turned on Lisa Murkowski, the Republican Senator from Alaska. Sarah has turned on John McCain. (Sarah endorsed Trump and he doesn’t like losers). Now she’s turned on Trump.
Now she’s reverted back to attacking President Obama, and making references to slavery. She said:
“Fail baby Fail,” “Obama’s destructive ‘energy plan’ enslaves America to unfriendly nations, which he’s been warned about for eight years.”
Thus in one Facebook post Sarah Palin tried to revive the “Drill Baby Drill” slogan, lodge another attack on Obama even though he has days, not months, left in office, and make inappropriate references to slavery.
Palin was complaining about Obama recent executive order blocking oil and gas drilling in Arctic and Atlantic oceans
The order came after hundreds of kayaktivists protested drilling in the Arctic and the Port of Seattle being used as a port for the Shell Oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer.
This was another attempt by President Obama to solidify his environmental legacy. This order withdraws hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling. Obama used a little-known law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect large portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic and a string of canyons in the Atlantic stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia. In addition to a five-year moratorium already in place in the Atlantic, removing the canyons from drilling puts much of the eastern seaboard off limits to oil exploration even if companies develop plans to operate around them.
The announcement by the White House late in the afternoon was coordinated with similar steps being taken by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shield large areas of that nation’s Arctic waters from drilling. Neither measure affects leases already held by oil and gas companies and drilling activity in state waters.
This is not the first time Obama has used the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. He did it to safeguard Alaska’s Bristol Bay in 2014, and again last year to protect part of Alaska’s Arctic coast. The president has protected 125 million acres in the region in the last two years, according to a fact sheet issued by the White House. Sarah probably didn’t know about those.
These areas Obama is trying to protect are widely recognized as major biodiversity hotspots that are critical to fisheries. The canyons provide deep water corals used by a wide array of fish. The area also provides habitat “for . . . deepwater corals, deep diving beaked whales, commercially valuable fishes, and significant numbers of habitat-forming soft and hard corals, sponges, and crabs,” the White House said.
Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, called it “a historic victory in our fight to save our Arctic and Atlantic waters, marine life, coastal communities and all they support.” Carter Roberts, president and chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, applauded what he called “a bold decision” that “signals some places are just too important not to protect.”
Moreover the country is not in need of additional oil resources. The current oil in the Arctic represents a mere one tenth of one percent of the nation’s oil production overall. World oil production is in balance. The long decline in U.S. crude oil production appears to be over. September 2016 output increased 60,000 bopd. Thus, the limits on drilling isn’t “enslaving” America. Obama has protected the country.
So it’s been 8 years of Sarah Palin attacking Obama and making inappropriate references to slavery. No other celebrity or political figure has ever devoted so many years to attacking a politician without any alternative proposals. No other person has absolved themself of any responsibility for making any positive change while pretending to care about acts of those in power.
We are tired of the same old whine from Sarah Palin. I’d rather listen to the Four Tops:
The main problem facing Donald Trump in selecting people to hold cabinet positions is that he doesn’t want to select anyone who suggested he was unqualified for the office of President. At least 30 former Republican Congressmen vocally opposed Trump. Leaders of the Republican Party who opposed Trump included:
George W. Bush
George H.W. Bush
Christine Todd Whitman
…you get the idea. The list includes 73 other republican leaders including Senators, like John McCain, and Governors like Susan Martinez.
Given the limitation on the number of people available to Trump to fill his cabinet positions, it seems more likely that he will resort to appointment of SarahPalin as the Secretary of the Interior. That is the position that it controls500 million acres of land ― or 20 percent of the U.S. landmass. It oversees a lot of oil, gas and coal development, both onshore and offshore. Trump has shown total disregard to environmental issues and strongly supported increasing the development of oil, coal and natural gas in the United States.
The department of the interior also oversees the protection of endangered species, the number of which is likely to increase in the coming decade as climate change hastens the first mass extinction since the demise of dinosaurs.
The next interior secretary will also decide whether to restart drilling in Arctic watersor open up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
One source tied to the Trump transition team described the confusion as “buffoonery.”
In the case of consideration of the appointment of Palin, it appears Trump values loyalty over experience and is keen to have people on board who share his worldview.
What the Nazis did to the Jews during the Holocaust was horrific! The tragedy of the loss of life was unparalleled. No event in history has rivaled the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people. For a commander of a concentration camp to pretend to love Jews would be nothing short of treacherous, perverted, and revolting. For Sarah Palin to pretend that she is a champion of environmental causes is equally treacherous, perverted, and revolting.
Here are the facts. Palin has posted a Facebook note that references her commitment to “responsible stewardship of our environment through conservation.”
Nothing could be further from the truth.
1. Palin has no respect for animals or their environment.
2. Palin denies that global warming is made worse by people.
3. During the short time that Palin was Governor of Alaska she promoted and supported a variety of programs that were devastating to the environment. They included:
a. The dumping of BILLIONS of gallons of toxic waste into Cook Inlet.
b. She opposed giving parents of school children 48 hours notice before toxic chemicals would be used in their schools.
c. Palin’s administration testified against language in legislation that would have banned the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers–a flame retardant that, studies show, harms the developing brain.
d. Palin attempted to block California’s plan to curb its air pollution. The Golden State tried to reduce its toxic emissions with a port fee that would pay for pollution-reduction projects around the state. Arguing that it would hurt Alaska’s economy, Palin asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto the proposed legislation.
e. Palin opposed the Clean Water Initiative which would have limited the runoff of toxic metals which were known to cause developmental and birth defects. The effort was specifically intended to target the Pebble Mine. The Pebble Mine project was a huge mining proposal that was controversial for its potential impact on Bristol Bay, the world’s largest commercial salmon fishery.
f.On remote St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea at the Northeast Cape Air Force, the military left thousands of barrels of toxic waste, containing solvents, fuels, heavy metals, pesticides, and PCBs. While the Army Corps of Engineers was slowly cleaning up parts of the site, its efforts were inadequate and too slow to have a meaningful impact. In a test of the local water it was revealed that the water was more than one thousand times the level that the EPA considers safe. According to Pamela Miller, ACAT’s executive director, Palin should have used her powers as governor to forge a better cleanup plan. “Certainly this was also a pattern in the Murkowski administration, but, under Palin, it’s gotten worse,” she said. “Her administration has done nothing to work with the military to avoid possible contamination.”
4. Palin was known for her motto “Drill Baby Drill”. Her attitude was that the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge was unimportant. In her view if drilling in the Wildlife Refuge put animals in danger, then they should take “one for the team.” This attitude was particularly troubling when it was clear that even if more drilling had been authorized it would provide zero relief from high oil and gas prices. In 10 years it would make virtually no difference. The Energy Information Administration noted that the “long lead times from discovery to production limit the increase in production, particularly offshore.” This means that an increase in U.S. oil production will make little or no difference in the world oil price or what Americans pay at the gas pump.
Ken Green, resident scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has explained that crude oil is a global commodity whose price will be unaffected by new U.S. production. Greenwire reported that:
“The world price is the world price. Even if we were producing 100 percent of our oil,” Green said, if prices increase because of a shortage in China or India, “our price would go up to the same thing…We probably couldn’t produce enough to affect the world price of oil,” he added. “People don’t understand that.”
5. Polar bears were endangered but Palin opposed trying to protect them.
These various positions of Sarah Palin, before she quit her job as Governor, indicated a repeated, conscious, disregard for the devastating effects of environmental pollutants. Her attitude was particularly offensive because Alaska has the highest rate of birth defects in America. Not only is Alaska the rape capital of America, but it also has twice the number of birth defects as the national average.
For Sarah Palin to pretend that she is, or ever was, committed to protecting the environment through responsible stewardship of the environment is an offensive, abominable lie.
“H” provided this link tonight which is an article about the lengths the Texas agencies will go to hide the facts that document the effects of global warming in Texas. It should come as no surprise that it is an agency that ultimately reports to Governor Perry that is trying to hide the truth. Thanks “H” for the link!