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Author Topic: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️  (Read 44043 times)

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1215 on: February 02, 2018, 06:47:51 pm »
Axios

Amy Harder Feb 1, 2018

Two ships colliding in the night: Fossil fuels 🦖 and climate change 🔥 💧🌊

Two people arguing over a fiery planet Earth (graphic at article link)
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

The far left corners of the Democratic party and environmental movement held an event Wednesday night to launch Fossil Free USA, a campaign urging America to transition entirely away from oil, natural gas and coal, with no regard to the reality that the global economy remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

That follows Tuesdayís State of the Union speech, where President Trump said America is forging ahead with its fossil-fuel dominance, with no regard to the serious problem of climate change.

My thought bubble: Itís like theyíre two ships not passing, but colliding in the night. Trumpís backers say the far left and their alarmist messaging pushes them away from acknowledging climate change, while the far left is fed up with decades of delay and neglect of climate change.

Thereís no public dialogue between the two extremes while a quieter middle tries to get something done, to little avail yet. Meanwhile, we keep burning fossil fuels unabated, climate change is getting worse and most people donít care.

Washington usually operates in black and white political terms, but itís times like these ó rhetoric-rich, substance-poor State of the Union moments ó where things crystallize. Energy and climate is one of the biggest policy areas where leaders of both parties have almost no common ground:

Democrats want to do something, but they canít agree on what. Their response to Trumpís Tuesday address didnít even mention climate change.

Conservatives are fighting with each other over whether to publicly acknowledge basic climate science. No elected congressional Republicans are advocating doing anything about it.

The upshot: Congress hasnít passed a standalone energy bill in more than a decade, itís never passed a climate bill and there isnít any policy on the immediate horizon. A stubborn trend underlies this. Climate change ranks as the second-to-last priority among nearly 20 by respondents in this Pew Research poll released a couple weeks ago. Itís also the most polarized issue.

The bottom line: Extreme partisanship + very low voter priority = perfect recipe for deep political stalemate, which is what we have here. 


https://www.axios.com/two-ships-colliding-in-the-night-climate-change-52ed2375-3c58-4410-82a7-cc5b4fe99626.html
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

 

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