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.
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.
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?
RJ Eskow: Trump is still the Republican Party candidate. And when it comes to climate change, and regulations, and fossil fuels, he’s more typically Republican than you might think.
Mel Gurtov: Americans’ concern is rising again: the percentage of Americans polled by Gallup in 2016 who believe climate change is a worrisome problem stands at 64 percent.
Andrew Glikson: The consequences of further burning of the vast carbon reserves buried in sediments and in permafrost and bogs can only result in a mass extinction of species which rivals that of the five great mass extinctions in Earth history.
John Peeler: The devastation from global warming is likely to be comparable in scope to what would result from a worldwide nuclear war, though the latter would happen in a matter of hours, while the former will take a century.
John Peeler: We must transform the way we relate to the natural world: stop seeing ourselves as separate from and superior to nature, and instead acknowledge that we are part of the natural world.