imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Trump and Climate Change

by Helmut Selinger Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017 at 5:19 AM
marc1seed@yahoo.com

Human activities have contributed to the ice loss in the Arctic. In his short term in office, Trump and his accessories in the government rescinded two dozen regulations to protect the climate and the environment. The climate, peace and anti-racism movements must join forces.

TRUMP AND CLIMATE CHANGE



By Helmut Selinger



[This article published on August 20, 2017, is translated from the German on the Internet, https://isw-muenchen.de. Helmut Selinger is a physicist.]



On 8/7/2017, the "New York Times" published the final draft of the Climate Science Special Report written by many top-flight scholars from 13 US Federal authorities [1] and several universities [2] in the commission of the government. In the past, the US government published an official report on climate change and its effects on the US every four years.



However, there is a new situation this year 2017. The active President Trump is a self-confessed "climate denier" who doubts the overwhelming scientific facts of a climate change caused by humans. This comprehensive government report is now presented for a final vote but the academics fear their scholarly statements will be falsified or the whole report repressed. Therefore an unusual pre-publication of the draft occurred.



This profound report that is more than 600 pages confirms and strengthens the most negative conclusions and trends of global climate science and concretizes them for the US. For example, the report emphasizes



* the average temperature in the US has drastically increased since 1980 and the last decades were the warmest in 1500 years.



* the evidence for a change of the climate from the highest atmosphere to the depths of the oceans is in plentiful supply. Much evidence shows that human activities, especially the emission of greenhouse gases, are responsible for the climate change that is observed and forecast ever more strongly.



* the frequency and intensify of extreme heat and rain events increases in most continental regions.



* the oceans now absorb more than a quarter of emitted CO2 and thereby cause an acidification with potentially very harmful effects on the maritime ecosystem.



* the concern over acidification, warming, and the loss of oxygen in the ocean grows with the scientific analysis… This can be worse in some US coastal regions than in the global middle with the corresponding risks for serious ecological and economic consequences.



* the surface temperature over Alaska and the Arctic has increased twice as fast as the average global temperature in the last 50 years. The permafrost thaws and releases additional CO2 and methane.



* the ice loss in the Arctic has accelerated dramatically in the last years. With great likelihood, human activities have contributed decisively to this decline.



* the average global CO2 concentration exceeds 400 ppm, a level that last occurred on earth around 3 million years ago when the temperature and sea level were significantly higher than today. Continuous CO2 emissions in this century will lead to CO2 concentrations not seen on earth in more than 10 million years.



* the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement can not be reached with the present global CO2 emission rates.



The scientists directly contradict President Trump and the appointed head of the National Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with these and other statements in the report. Scott Pruitt is also an open denier of anthropogenic climate change.



How will Trump and his administration deal with the report? Will he completely repress it or "only" falsify and relativize it? In any case, he will comment in his way and make himself ridiculous. We can assume he will continue his open and primitive lobby policy for the US coal-, oil-, and gas industry.



Trump and his administration will cancel the much too weak political measures for consistent climate protection. In his short term in office, Trump and his accessories in the government rescinded two dozen regulations to protect the climate and the environment. Several should be mentioned here as examples:



* he approved the Dakota Access pipeline.



* he analogously approved the Keystone XL pipeline with the repeated argument of ensuring jobs in the fossil industry and guaranteeing energy security.



* after complaints from the coal industry, he annulled restrictions on dumping wastes in local rivers and tributaries.



* after the intervention of oil- and gas firms, Scott Pruitt rescinded the obligation to report methane emissions.



* a restriction on new leases of public lands for the coal industry was revoked.



* the protection of tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act should be reviewed and eliminated and so on.



On the international plane, Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement even though this was rather informal and non-committal and would hardly have done justice to the necessity of consistent climate protection. Moreover, the US has the greatest worldwide historical and actual climate responsibility which disturbs Trump and his lobby-government less than his predecessor governments. In contrast to them, he has not even taken note of the scientific facts of his own scientists and agencies. He defends an openly reactionary and anti-science policy.



That is the situation today. The United States does not only threaten the peace directly in Korea and Venezuela with war. The US also acts in a provocatively ignorant and absolutely harmful way nationally and internationally in the question of climate change.



Nevertheless, the new climate report and its early publication show that resistance against this obvious irrationality and one-sided interest-policy in favor of outdated and harmful industrial companies stirs even in the US. Besides the "scientific community" of natural science climate research, the environment and climate movement in the US show it is ready for active resistance. The new film by Al Gore "Still an Uncomfortable Truth" will be shown in German movie houses from September 7.



Hopefully, other occupational groups in the US will take up the examples of the steadfastness of climate scientists and rise up against self-destruction.



The climate-, peace- and anti-racism movements must join forces and help end the old Trump tricks.



[1] Among others National Science Foundation, NOAA Earth System Research Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, DOE Office of Science, US Global Change Research Program and the National Center for Atmospheric Research



[2] Among others Columbia University, University of Washington, North Carolina State University, Naval Postgraduate School, Columbia University, Texas Tech University, Northern Arizona University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, and the University of Maryland

Report this post as:

Local News

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Cleanup J13 4:14PM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

Google, World's Biggest Censor, Was Founded By The CIA J09 10:25AM

For a World Free of Nuclear Risks J09 8:29AM

Corrupt CDC Ignores Meat Fish Recalls J09 4:55AM

The (Temporary) End of Globalization J09 3:03AM

Aternatives to Abortions such as Plan B the pill, condoms and IUD J08 4:03PM

U.S Congressional Legal Minds Know Better Than Allowing Texas To Murder Hank Skinner J08 3:37PM

ACLU in many US states defends in court KKK and American Nazis Sometimes for Money J07 11:28PM

Judge Brett Kavanaugh: 12 Of Many Reasons To Oppose Him J07 9:00AM

Insensibilité engrammée J07 2:37AM

Silver Lining J07 12:21AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy