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What planet do we actually live on? Start with this fact: the last four years — 2015, 2016, 2017, and (it seems a sure thing) 2018 — will be the hottest on record. And if that doesn’t seem like evidence enough of something worth noting, how about 20 of the last 22 years being the warmest on record? Of course, as TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon makes clear today, little of that matters in the 2018 version of America, not even California fires unique in the historical record that sent a haze of smoke 3,000 miles across the U.S. to the city where a president with “very high levels of intelligence” sits in the Oval Office — on the rare occasions when he’s not on a golf course — angrily tweeting about how cold it is outside. (“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”)

With the latest of the president’s tweets mesmerizing just about every media outlet in sight, the latest in the Mueller investigation dribbling out to yet more presidential tweets, Rudy Giuliani comments, raging headlines, and… well, you know the score (and so does Rebecca Gordon), no wonder it’s hard to keep your eyes on the actual world. I’m thinking about the one that lurks somewhere behind the giant form of Donald J. Trump. Still, curiously enough in Donald Trump’s America (though you undoubtedly won’t have noticed it), the latest Monmouth University Poll does indicate that even 64% of Republicans (not to speak of 92% of Democrats and 78% of independents) believe that the Earth’s climate is changing in less than thrilling ways. The president himself and all his climate-denying minions are part of a shrinking crew of very high-intelligence-level types, a mere 16% of Americans in fact, who are still convinced that climate change isn’t happening. So consider that something of an achievement in a world in which when you look, it’s hard, as Gordon points out today in her own striking way, to see anything but… well, you know exactly who! (And given the way he wields exclamation points, I use that one advisedly.) Our president blocks… under the circumstances, I wish I could say the sun… but our view of more or less anything else, which, given the state of the planet, is in itself no small disaster.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Donald Trump, Global Warming 
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  1. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    TomDispatch >>> TDS

  2. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    I guess he used to be an antiwar dissident. But Mr. Engelhardt* now seems dually exhausted by Donald Trump and Global Warming (or Climate Change, or whatever it’s to be called this month). High on his own fumes, a tool of the Establishment.


    *I usually don’t read the work of the rotating “TomDispatch regulars” that Mr. Engelhardt gift wraps in these little teasers. But they, even alone, are an easy way to keep in touch with the NPR-NPC segment of the country.

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  3. anon[145] • Disclaimer says:

    *I usually don’t read the work of the rotating “TomDispatch regulars” that Mr. Engelhardt gift wraps in these little teasers. But they, even alone, are an easy way to keep in touch with the NPR-NPC segment of the country.

    maybe he pays to have the content posted here?

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  5. Bill H says: • Website

    I used to be an admirer of Tom Engelhardt, but gave up on him a couple of years ago. He seems to have gone off the deep end. I think Trump’s election was the last straw for him, but he was heading there anyway. Since 2016, in any case, he can do nothing but rant against Trump and blame him for all the evils in the universe.

  6. AWM says:

    Climate Change? Global Warming?

    You, Mr Engelhardt and the rest of these watermelon’s are complete idiots, we are slap dab in the middle of an Ice Age that is not going to end anytime soon. Reality is a bitch and perhaps these fools will realize it in the next solar minimum, but then again they’ll probably blame the glaciation on CO2.

    “But after all the ice melts it will get hotter than ever.”
    Yes it will, millions of years, and after that long we will probably still be on this damn rock thanks to all these socialists that are so bound and determined to redistribute all the wealth right into their pockets.
    Finally, we have realized the Fermi Paradox Great Filter explanation, COMMUNISM. That’s why there is nobody out there, Socialism/Marxism is the Great Filter.

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