John Peeler: Trump’s climate denial is just the culmination of a generation of systematic efforts by the right wing and major elements of corporate America to cast doubt on the overwhelming consensus among climatologists.
Climate Change, which was popularly characterized as "global warming", is a factor in all of our lives. The articles here discuss the ways we can challenge the power structure to enact policies that will help us to get off this destructive path.
Judith Lewis Mernit: The Under2 Coalition may be California’s most significant contribution to climate mitigation since 2006, when then-Assemblymember Fran Pavley, successfully pioneered legislation to control climate-forcing pollutants.
Trump reminds me of the spoiled kid in the famous “Twilight Zone” episode, “It’s A Good Life.”
he news is all Trump. His ill-considered words and constantly shifting explanations for impulsive actions dominate our public consciousness. In the midst of all that Trump, it is hard to think clearly about the faraway future, beyond our lifetimes. When the future does intrude, it’s in the form of space ships and aliens, imaginary futures […]
A majority of conservative Republicans believes that climate scientists are influenced by desire to advance their careers and political ideology, not by scientific evidence or public interest.
Now that Trump has handed over the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of State and Interior to his donors and buddies from America’s version of Gazprom the Republican administration has turned climate change denial into national policy.
Mel Gurtov: News of actual events—hurricanes, floods, drought, sharp temperature changes, and other distortions in weather patterns in the US and around the world—typically are being crowded out by Trump’s tantrums, fake news, and conflicts of interest.
Judith Lewis Mernit: If President Obama turns out to be the high-water mark of American engagement on climate policy, it won’t have been that high a mark, and it wouldn’t have been nearly enough to change the curve.
Walter Moss: Although Trump has recently said that he is open-minded about climate change, during his campaign he declared global warming and climate change a “hoax,” promising to stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.
Rosemary Joyce: Michelle Obama has just delivered the speech of her life— and of the lives of many women who watched events in the presidential election since Friday with an increasing sense of disbelief.
Steve Hochstadt: If you follow the money, you can find out a lot about Trump’s politics. When he considers his financial interests, Trump is a climate change believer.
Robert C. Koehler: There are many, many examples of how “primitive” cultures have been true stewards of their environment and enhanced its health and eco-diversity, but such stories are easily dismissed with a despairing shrug.
W.J. Astore: Hillary now claims she’s against fracking (when she led the State Department, she was strongly for it). But how does that flip-flop square with her decision to appoint yet another earth wrecker to a key position in her government-to-be?