“I alone can fix it.” Judging by the DTs lineup of male, Caucasian, billionaire, mad dogs, we are in for a hellish ride. A blaring signal to all who care about climate and clean water: this is no longer a concern of your government.
Big Oil wins.
We have a nominee to head the EPA who chooses to seed doubt rather than accept unanimous, ongoing, decades-old and empirically supported evidence that our planet is warming. #PollutingPruitt is a primary litigator against President Obama’s clean water and environmental initiatives. I used to hold out hope that a carbon market could actually become a reality. Sadly, if the OK AG brings his legacy forward into the EPA, it looks like a price on carbon goes the way of Barack’s clean water goals.
We have a nominee to become our chief diplomat who currently runs Exxon Mobil, the largest hydrocarbon extractor known to our civilization. Not sure how the need to reduce carbon emissions, and the massive opportunity for developing renewable energy sources, fits into a pro-fossil fuels agenda. Plus, there’s this little $500 billion “deal” that awaits Exxon, as soon as those annoying sanctions are lifted on our new Russia bestie.
Heat-causing carbon is trapped in our atmosphere, and globally, warmer average temperature is our new normal. Climate science has informed us for years that large weather events will increase in both occurrence and intensity. And the military clearly states that a primary risk to our national safety is climate change, as they plan for responding to future climate-related impacts.
So sit back and enjoy it while you can. Whether lounging on an ice structure in the Canadian Basin, or digging your toes in the sand along the eastern shoreline, realize that Big Oil will make CEOs and shareholders richer, and the rest of us can go suck it. T-god we’re making America great again.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Potter, NOAA. “arct0124” taken 07.24.2005 https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaaphotolib/