Τair outside my window is yellow today. It was orange yesterday. The Air Quality Index is over 200. The Environmental Protection Agency defines it as a “health warning” in which “anyone can experience more serious health effects if exposed for 24 hours”. Unfortunately, the index was above 200 for several days.
The West is burning. Fires inside CaliforniaOregon and Washington burn homes, kill dozens of people, make many others sick, evacuate hundreds of thousands, burn entire cities to the ground, consume millions of acres, and cover the western third of the United States with thick, intense, and dangerous.
However, the president said and did almost nothing. A month ago, Trump wanted to protect his lives Oregon and California from “riots and looters.” He sent federal forces to the streets of Portland and threatened to send them to Auckland and Los Angeles.
One reason: these states voted against him in 2016 and he still has resentment.
It came close to rejecting California’s request for emergency funding.
“He told us to stop giving money to people whose homes had burned down because he was so angry that people in the state of California did not support him.” he said former Homeland Security chief Miles Taylor.
Another explanation for Trump’s silence is that the fires are tied to man-made climate change, in which Trump has done everything humanly possible to make it worse.
Extreme weather disasters are raging across America. On Wednesday, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest Climate report, noting that in August alone, the United States was hit by a $ 4 billion disaster. In addition to the fires, there were two huge hurricanes and one emergency Midwest right.
These are uncomfortable events for a president who has spent much of his presidency dismantling any major climate and environmental policy he can get his hands on.
Starting with his unilateral decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, Trump was the most anti-environmental president in history.
He called climate change a “farce”. He claimed, without evidence, that windmills cause cancer. It has weakened the limits of the Obama era in the carbon dioxide that warms the planet from power stations and from cars and trucks. It has restored the rules governing fresh air, water and toxic chemicals. More public land has been opened up for oil and gas drilling.
It has specifically targeted California, revocation of state power to set stricter car emission standards than those required by the federal government.
Overall, the Trump administration has reversed, abolished, or otherwise overturned almost 70 environmental rules and regulations. More than 30 restorations are still in progress.
Now, seven weeks before election day, with much of the nation either burning or suffering from the effects of climate change, Trump is vigorously defending his record and attacking Joe Biden.
“Its core [Biden’s] “The economic agenda is a tough left-wing crusade against American energy.” Speech by Rose Garden last month.
Not exactly. As Biden tackled climate change at the heart of his campaign, proposing to invest $ 2 billion In a huge project of green jobs for the construction of renewable energy infrastructures, his ideas are not exactly radical. The money will be used to improve energy efficiency, build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations and increase renewable energy from wind, solar and other technologies.
Biden wants to end fossil fuel use to generate electricity by 2035 and bring America to zero zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest. His goals can be very modest. If what is happening now in the west is an indication, 2050 will be too late.
However, Americans have a clear choice. In a few weeks, when they decide if Trump deserves another four years, climate change will be on the ballot.
The choice should not be difficult. Like the Koran virus, the dire consequences of climate change – coupled with Trump’s utter abuse – provide clear evidence that he would be no less interested in the public good.