Searing Reality of Global Warming
Despite the growing evidence that climate change is real, there are still people who believe that climate change is a hoax. Unfortunately, our
president is among those who believe that is the case. While making an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show back in 2015, Donald Trump
asserted that global warming is a hoax and has made it a priority to roll back the environmental protections put in place under President
To further show his disdain for environmental protection, Trump selected former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the
Environmental Protection Agency. While in his capacity as the Oklahoma AG, Pruitt sued the EPA multiple times prompting many to ask during
his nomination process how someone could now lead an agency that they sued several times in the past? Scott answered this question by
saying that the agency deserved to be sued over emissions restrictions, further asserting that the agency had exceeded its Constitutional
authority. Many believe that Pruitt will be the most hostile administrator ever to head the EPA and will seek to dismantle legislation put in place
to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.
In a recent poll conducted by Reuters, 72 percent of Americans believe that the United States should take “aggressive action” against global
warming created by climate change. One of Trump’s many adverse campaign policies focused on the Paris climate accord. He fulfilled that
unfortunate campaign promise recently when he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, leaving us in the company of Syria and
Nicaragua as the only other nations not in the agreement. The good news is that nearly 200 countries remain in the agreement. Trump’s reason
for pulling out of the accord appears to have more to do with finance than it does with protecting the globe. His feeling is that other countries
are taking financial advantage of the U.S. by not paying their “fair share.” And while many people believe that Trump would not be going
against proven scientific evidence that supports global warming, it is all about money for him and not the environment, which does not bode
well for those of us that are concerned about saving the planet.
The Paris Agreement was a historic compact signed by all of the world’s countries except the nations named above. In 2015, under the
agreement, the United States agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent for 2025. Despite the fact that over 60 percent of
Americans believe that we should have stayed in the agreement, Trump kept the promise to his base to withdraw and has since faced growing
criticism for his decision. You may recall that it was the United States that took a lead role during the Obama administration to broker the
agreement. The fact that we have now pulled out means that we are showing the rest of the world that we don’t believe in global warming
caused by climate change.
The good news for those of us who do believe in global warming is that many state and local municipalities are going against Trump by
sticking with the Paris accord and many corporations are doing the same. In fact, several companies including Gap, Morgan Stanley, Mars,
Adobe, and Apple all urged him not to pull out of the agreement to no avail. By removing us from the accord, Trump may have damaged any
possibility of the U.S. accessing the booming clean energy markets around the world. Even big oil companies like Exxon and Mobil urged him
Fossil fuels versus renewable energy. The debate has been raging about our continued use of fossil fuels such as coal. Coal is one of the most
abundant fuels in the United States. We currently have a supply that will last a couple of hundred years depending on how fast we consume it.
Presently, we are using it at a rate thousands of time faster than it can be formed. Now is the time for us to strengthen, not weaken, our efforts
toward renewable energy sources to save our planet for future generations to come.