Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Climate Doomsday Clock Advances as Trump Wins the Republican Presidential Nomination

For many Democrats and supporters of climate action, Trump's victory was heralded with a grin and a nod. "He will be easy to beat," they say. But all thinking people everywhere are just a little bit uneasy today. The prospect, however distant, that The Donald could be the next president of the United States warrants concern, if not outright terror.

Despite his overt racism, misogyny and climate confusion, millions of Americans support Trump. Even the Koch brothers have said that Trump is unelectable. Nonetheless a trifecta of nefarious forces have coalesced to create the right conditions to make this possible.  The GOP, and of course Trump himself, along with a large number of Americans are all inadvertently complicit in this iniquitous drama.
The implications of a Trump Presidency loom large over the future of climate action not just in the US but around the world. Trump would destroy the Clean Power Plan a central pillar of US climate policy and he would try to kill the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump's economic and trade policies would be just as harmful.

It is hard to find an example of anything that compares to a Trump presidency, the only thing that comes close is a zombie apocalypse

Trump has openly dismissed anthropogenic global warming and the need for climate action. He has uttered a host of absurd inaccurate statements. He has considerable holdings in the fossil fuel sector. If his campaign positions on the economy and trade became US government policy he would augur a veritable end times.

Ted Cruz did everything he could to stop the billionaire mogul. Cruz's last ditch all out assault on the Teflon Don failed to resonate with voters. Trump's victory in Indiana appears to have been the final straw for Cruz who withdrew from the Presidential race immediately after the results were announced. With Cruz out of the way, Trump now appears to have locked-up the nomination.

No one should shed a tear for Ted Cruz.. This is a man who once tweeted: "Dems kill jobs, ignore facts. CO2 is what every human breathes out; every plant, in turn consumes CO2." He even had the audacity to add the hashtag: #ScienceFacts to his ridiculous tweet.

The former speaker of the House, John Boehner recently called Ted Cruz, "Lucifer in the flesh." He went on to say "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Cruz may very well be Lucifer and he would have made a terrible President, but he is still a better candidate than Trump.

Related
Trump Takes his First Beating with More to Come
A Trump Presidency Would Kill Climate Action and Push us Past Irreversible Tipping Points
Trump Could Win and We All Could Lose
Trump Wants to Mine Coal Frack for Gas and Drill for Oil
Trump's Climate Ignorance Would be Laughable if the Implications weren't so Serious
Trump is Unelectable So Say the Koch Brothers and Others

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