Is It Now Game Over For the Planet?

Yesterday one of the key members of Donald Trump's transition team broke some potentially major news about climate policy under the new administration.

Speaking to reporters, global warming denier Myron Ebell - the head of the fossil-fuel-industry-backed Competitive Enterprise Institute - said that Donald Trump will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate accords: "The U.S. will clearly change its course on climate policy." Ebell said, "Trump has made it clear he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package."

If Ebell is right and Trump is considering a withdrawal from the Paris Climate accords, that would mark something of a major shift in policy.

Although Trump dropping out of the Paris agreement was something Trump flirted with on the campaign trail, he told the New York Times after his election in November that "he would [at least] keep an open mind about it".

But now it appears as though Trump has already made up his mind that the Paris Climate Accord is toast.

He's playing with fire here - both literally and figuratively.

In just 10 days in office, Donald Trump has inflamed popular opinion like no other president in recent memory.

By some counts there were 145 protests in just the first 100 hours of his presidency alone.

So with activists already gearing up for a major march in protest of the administration's climate policies, how will the destruction of the Paris Climate Agreement be received?


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pat elton 6 years 7 weeks ago

Anyone who doubts climate change should google methane bubbles and look at all the methane that is just waiting for a little more ice melt to emerge and destroy it's immediate area in a fire ball or if large enough-the human race

cccccttttt 6 years 7 weeks ago

Climate change is real but there is room for debate on how to approach it.

Cost effective green energy tech will slow down the change.

But guessing a few rough decades until practical fusion power solves the problem.

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efrick@textdoct... 6 years 7 weeks ago

Sorry to use this forum but I can't find any support or contact information--my Thom Hartmann RSS feed has stopped working. Can someone at the station help before I go into serious withdrawal???

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Uncle Ralph 6 years 7 weeks ago

For anything serious to be done about global warming, it will have to get bad enough to inconvenience the corporate oligarchy---and that will have to be pretty damn bad. When sea level reaches the second floor of buildings in Manhattan, someone like Donald Trump (assuming he isn't still president, or maybe emperor) simply relocates to Denver or Salt Lake City. Conditions that cause suffering, death and destruction for millions, going on billions, of people, still don't necessarily effect him. When he has to relocate away from the coast, I bet he still doubles down on his denier stance.

And we'll be doing what we always do: deferring to the despots.

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2950-10K 6 years 7 weeks ago

I wonder how long before the other countries in the Paris climate change agreement place sanctions on the United States? Afterall science proves that we will be a direct threat to their survival if we as a country allow Trump and his lunatic fringe continue unabated with their pipeline madness.

BTW: Why did the national media cover Trump's invalid justice pick tonight? They didn't bother to cover Obama like that when he made the valid pick....and why was it not pointed out that an extreme right-wing crazy old fool from Kentucky blocked Obama's valid pick???? When will the corpse media realize there are far more citizens offended by right-wing conservative broadcasting than there are for's not even close....just look at the election results, even with election fraud, only about two out of ten eligible voters, voted for President "one" Inchworm! ...sorry, just had to do that for his Russian babes!'s picture
dlittle75@earth... 6 years 7 weeks ago

Check out the film "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" by Greg Palast. There is a grand conspiracy from wealthy billionaires to paid Republican operatives, Trump campaign advisors, and Republican State Legislatures all involved in stealing the election. There is an interesting part on the Koch bros and their efforts to get the pipeline built from Tar Sands Canada to their refinery in Texas. It is a stunning film that I viewed today on You Tube. Its a long film but covers a lot of ground. What Kris Kobach did with "interstate crosscheck" is criminal and he needs to be held accountable. I think if folks across America knew the truth of what happened in the run up to the election, the protests would help land the Trump presidency in impeachment.

evilkitty 6 years 7 weeks ago

News from the University of Chicago: New models suggest US harvest will suffer from climate change.

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deepspace 6 years 7 weeks ago

Quote from Thom's blog:

Although Trump dropping out of the Paris agreement was something Trump flirted with on the campaign trail, he told the New York Times after his election in November that "he would [at least] keep an open mind about it".

Nobody on the planet, except the Bigot in Chief himself, would describe him as keeping an "open mind."

Of all the many and great sins Republicans have committed against humanity, climate denial is by far the most egregious. And now we have their chosen malignant narcissist who magnanimously promises to grant the world the beautiful gift of his great intellect to decide the issue once and for all, so that the rest of us may scurry about with our lesser lives and not worry about it.

Well, he had better quit playing with his little twitter and hurry up! Humankind is rapidly losing its ability to mitigate the most deleterious effects of the worst disaster ever to threaten life on our "pale blue dot." Once Earth's average temperature reaches critical levels, when the planet begins belching out methane at an uncontrollable rate on a massive scale, it's game over. (Pat Elton #1 is absolutely correct!)

The Holocene extinction, (or what climate scientists are increasingly referring to as the Anthropocene extinction--caused by human activity) is rapidly approaching; in terms of geological time, the rate of the great die-off will be lightening fast. It will be the world's sixth mass extinction event and the deadliest. Most species, including ours, will not survive it.

In fact, it may have already begun. According to a collaborative study, including many prominent universities, published In 2015:

"A group of researches from Mexico and the US wanted to compare the rate of extinctions in the last century to what is known as the “background rate”—the rate at which species have died off in previous centuries. They found that vertebrates, or animals with a backbone, were dying at a rate 114 times faster than the overall background rate for vertebrates, based on a conservative estimate." (by Cassie Werber, June 20, 2015)

Many other peer-reviewed papers have arrived at similar conclusions, with some estimating that nearly fifty percent of land animals have been lost in just the last forty years. While many have fallen prey to human consumption, habitat loss, and pollution, a significant and growing percent are victims of climate change.

With all the oily oligarchs ("oiligarchs") piped into the White House, the bankrupted billionaire and his den of deniers are progressing exactly backwards.

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Alan Lunn 6 years 6 weeks ago

It appears that Trump is incompetent and more like a figurehead with a veto pen -- an executive order dictator. He's mostly following orders. The Kochs are behind the rapid climate change orders (they seem to believe global warming is good for us and we will evolve to cope with it).

The Bannon executive is owned by Mercer and has a white nationalist agenda (only Bannon denies the "white" part). The two visions of fascism and privatization seem to be merging rather quickly.

The Kochs finally arrived at their long dream of a "libertarian" American market fundamentalism society. That is, the new hegemony in Washington is what they bought. They own this mess. Trump doesn't know what he's doing and could be impeached, but the rest of the Washington firesale will go on. Privatization is the road to the anarcho-capitalist model.

Finally, the GOP (Gaggle of Plutocrats) model is locked in. The ownership of all three branches of government is virtually hermetically sealed; it can't be breached. The election system is rigged to "elect" Republicans into perpetuity.

Meanwhile, we are on the verge of financial Armageddon which could be the coup de gras of wealth extraction somehow attached to the dominionist vision of the evangelicals who found the rationalization for backing Trump.

I think that's what we're working with and it isn't clear yet what the opposition is. Trump wants global surveillance and a lockdown on media. He's trying to bring the jackboot back and expand it. Btw, Kobach is behind the insane wall idea.

Ron G McComb 6 years 6 weeks ago

Anyone who doubts that the t rump administration is anything other than a malignant fascist coup, isn't paying enough attention. This Psychopath in chief has no interest in anything other than his own power agenda. He is only a middle man in the daisy chain of command from the brilliant Psychopaths calling the shots to the psycho on the street. Being mad at t rump is like being mad at the sock puppet. If we survive this, it will serve as a historic example of the difference between agressive white supremacist ignorance and the intelligence of everyone else.

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