Friday, July 22, 2016

Trump Promises to Kill Climate Action in RNC Speech: The False Flags of Fear and Division

As the Republican National Convention drew to a close Donald Trump delivered a speech in which he made it clear that he will dismantle US efforts to address climate change all while exacerbating its cause. He wants to get rid of environmental regulations and expand the domestic production of fossil fuels. Here is a succinct analysis of climate and environment related remarks made by Trump during his acceptance speech at the RNC on July 21, 2016.
Trump reiterated his climate destroying policy positions as follows:
"Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job killers of them all....we will end and it very quickly. We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy...Our steelworkers and are miners are going back to work again."
The RNC of 2016 was a reflection of the Trump campaign and the man himself lots of bluster with little substance. Although Trump tried to suggest that the convention was a success, it was defined more by who did not show up rather than those who did. Despite the talk of unity, it was a convention marked by division and discord. 

While Trump mentioned the crises faced by Americans, he was referring to minor threats compared to the dangers of climate change.  Comparatively speaking, Trump's fear mongering on the subject of domestic terrorism is a false flag as is his reference to attacks against law enforcement. Neither one of these issues is anywhere near as devastating as climate change, let alone what it will be if we fail to act. While climate change kills more than a quarter of a million people annually, the most recent statistics show that 18 Americans were killed by terrorism in 2014. The Guardian reports that except for 2013, last year (2015) there were fewer police fatalities than at any point in the last quarter century. Millions are expected to die each year if we do not address climate change.

Trump said that he will protect the LGBT community from ISIS but who is going to protect them from Republicans? The GOP party platform is the most anti-LGBT position in the party's history. Who will protect African Americans from Republicans? There were fewer African Americans at the 2016 RNC than at any previous convention in over a century.

Trump said, "We will completely rebuild our depleted military." And yet the pentagon and the various branches of America's armed services are saying that we must act on climate change as it represents one of the greatest threats to American security. He also wants to take care of veterans however he fails to mention that they support clean energy.

The urgent need for climate action makes the US election of 2016 critically important.  The misguided frustration of the American people may very well propel Trump to an election victory and if this happens we all will lose.

Like petulant children millions of disaffected Americans want to vent their frustration against the system by making a self defeating choice at the ballot box. Rather than blame the the fossil fuel powered obstructionism of Republicans many ill informed Americans are laying blame equally on both parties.  They are prepared to express their outrage by cutting their nose to spite their face, very much like Britain's Brexit vote. The facts are our only hope, we must believe that reason will prevail and people will see Trump for who he is and what he represents.

Trump concluded his speech by saying, "History is watching us now. It's we don't have much time. We don't have much time. It's waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion," He went on to talk about "every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future..." He is right that we don't have much time and he is right that we must rise to the occasion. However the elephant in the room that he and his Republican cohorts fail to mention is climate change. On this, economic and foreign policy issues, a Trump presidency would be an anathema for anyone who dreams of a better life for their children.

History is indeed watching and if Americans vote for this man, they will be voting for an unprecedented disaster that will augur suffering on a scale never before seen.

Trump said that "Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country." he also made the ridiculous and impossible claim that violence will "come to an end" on the first day that he takes office. As Trump explained, "The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead." If he took his own advice he would disqualify himself and his party from vying for the highest office in the land.

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