Donald Trump is like that annoying drunk uncle everyone tries to ignore during Thanksgiving dinner. He spouts off nothing but idiotic rantings and conspiracy theories, and refuses to listen to common sense. On Sunday, the United Nations released their Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and there were some dire warnings in it. Today Trump said that he’ll look into the report but he’s already expressing skepticism about its veracity.
‘It was given to me and I want to look at who drew it, which group drew it. Because I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren’t so good. But I’ll be looking at it, absolutely.’
In other words, he’ll have someone review it for him and let him know what the highlights are. After which he’ll simply ignore or refute what’s in the report. Everyone knows the actions he’s taken since being in office have already been a disaster for the environment, and he’s never going to admit that he’s a very big part of the problem.
The IPCC’s report warned that the world ought to dramatically cut emissions in an unprecedented way by 2030 or face grave consequences such as coral reef die-offs and lower crop yields. Scientists predicted some of those impacts even with just 2.7 Fahrenheit of global warming.
Until the release of the U.N.’s report the White House had been claiming that the U.S. was the world’s leader in reducing carbon emissions. They said:
‘From 2005 to 2017, U.S. CO2-related emissions declined by 14 percent while global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 21 percent during the same time. This has been possible through the development and large-scale deployment of new, affordable, and cleaner technologies to capitalize on our energy abundance.’
The hilarious thing about that statement is that almost all of the reduction in carbon emissions happened under the watchful eye of Presidents Bush and Obama. After Trump took the helm he rolled back a big part of the regulations that reduced those emissions, and he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. In other words, the U.S. is more a part of the problem now and it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.
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