A presidential executive order on climate change -- including the charter of a task force -- has been issued.

What took so long? If this administration considered climate change a reality all this time (as opposed to the Republican position that climate change is unsubstantiated), why avoid confronting the situation for half a decade before even convening a task force? And why another last minute emergency so dire we must forfeit all review and planning and turn over all decisions to a handful of profit-minded types with undisclosed agendas? We've had years to put the screws on the polluting industries and institute conservation practices for everyone -- corporations, consumers and the military alike. However, it appears what we get is, once again, THIS SAME SCENARIO which is a scenario of railroading the public with a "There's No Time Left, This Has Gone Too Far" Script so that there is no opportunity to review and choose the best solutions rather than merely the actions preferred/selected/contrived by the usual hierarchy which has quite smugly polluted without a care for decades.

It should be revealing when we find out who will be chosen to be the members of this climate change task force. (I can't help recalling odd choices on past panels like Paul Ryan being placed on the Budget task force, and then there was Senator Baucus heading the healthcare creation task force....)

And one bit of word choice I find most PECULIAR is this use of the word "stakeholders" in the executive order. If climate change effects EVERYONE and EVERYTHING on the Planet, aren't we ALL 'stakeholders'? However, evidently there is a special connotation here, but it is not clear to me who the President considers "stakeholders" if it not all of us! [SEE excerpted quote below.]



"Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience; help safeguard our economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources; and provide for the continuity of executive department and agency (agency) operations, services, and programs."


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