- Feb 27, 2010
Draft Environmental Impact StatementLast month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous seven degrees (F) by the end of this century.
A rise of ..... about four degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists. Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe.
But the administration did not offer this dire forecast, premised on the idea that the world will fail to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, as part of an argument to combat climate change. Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.
The draft statement, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was written to justify President Trump’s decision to freeze federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020. While the proposal would increase greenhouse gas emissions, the impact statement says, that policy would add just a very small drop to a very big, hot bucket.
Dance of Death
This is the logic ...
- For the perennial drunk, one more drink does not matter.
- For the heroin addict, just one more fix .... after hundreds of heroin doses, what does one more count?
- For the habitual abuser of a child, one more rape hardly counts ...
- Reducing nuclear weapons.... one more bomb does not matter, when there are already so many ....
- As Stalin said "One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic .... ", so forget the tragedies, the statistics are so bad that we may as well shrug, burn everything, and leave it to future generations to clean up (if they can) ....
This is the Trump Administration taking refuge in the desperate "It's too late to do anything!" excuse that is the last stage of climate change denial ... so let's enrich the fossil fuel magnates while they can still spend on their aeroplanes and mistresses. Party on!
Meanwhile, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in a recent report that significant changes in greenhouse gas emissions must be made before 2030 ...
http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”
Trump himself claims to have read reports that the global climate will be "fabulous". Right.
Trump: Climate change may be 'fabulous' despite UN climate change report - Business Insider