Top 5 Climate Catastrophes to which Trump just Doomed his own Supporters

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

On Thursday, Trump delivered himself of one of the most brain-dead speeches ever given by an American president, more imbecilic even than Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” or Nixon’s “I am not a crook.” He withdrew from the Paris climate accords, saying that he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. Trump alleged that he was somehow protecting the United States from dastardly furriners in cancelling the Paris commitment.

Climate change is on a spectrum. We can put up the temperature 3.6 degree Fahrenheit or we can put up the temperature 12 degrees F.

In fact, the US is particularly liable to damage from climate change. Here are the parts of the country he just deeply damaged.

Since Trump made that crack about Pittsburgh, let us begin by considering

1. What Climate Change will do to Pennsylvania:

“Increasing Temperature and Changing Precipitation Rising temperatures and shif ting rainfall patterns are likely to increase the intensity of both floods and droughts. Average annual precipitation in Pennsylvania has increased 5 to 10 per cent in the last century, and precipitation from extremely heavy storms has increased 70 percent in th e Northeast since 1958.”

Trump hasn’t given Pennsylvania more rust belt jobs. He has given it more Johnstown floods.

(The web site cited above is from the old EPA before Big Brother changed History and erased it; it is now hosted at a different server, as though we were a Middle Eastern dictatorship.)

2. The Deep South and the Gulf coast.

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In one of those scientific documents that Trump’s Oceania hasn’t managed to erase from the internet yet, the National Institutes of Health says,

“The public health impacts of climate change in U.S. Gulf Coast states—Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—may be especially severe and further exacerbated by a range of threats facing the coastline areas, including severe erosion, subsidence, and—given the amount of energy production infrastructure—the ever-present potential for large-scale industrial accidents. The Gulf Coast population is expected to reach over 74 million by 2030 with a growing number of people living along the coastlines. Populations in the region that are already vulnerable because of economic or other disparities may face additional risks to health . . . The Gulf region is expected to experience increased mean temperatures and longer heat waves while freezing events are expected to decrease. Regional average temperatures across the U.S. Southeast region (which includes Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, North and South Carolina as well as the Gulf Coast) are projected to increase between 4 °F to 8 °F (2.2 °C to 4.4 °C) throughout the century. Hurricanes and sea level rise, occurring independently or in combination with hurricane-induced storm surge, are major threats to the Gulf Coast region [11]. Some portions of the Gulf Coast—particularly coastal Louisiana and South Florida—are especially vulnerable to sea level rise due to their low elevation.”

The Gulf Coast, then, has been sunk by Trump.

3. Carolina coasts:

Another of those government science pages explains what whill happen to the Carolinas:

“coastal homes and infrastructure will flood more often as sea level rises, because storm surges will become higher as well. Rising sea level is likely to increase flood insurance rates, while more frequent storms could increase the deductible for wind damage in homeowner insurance policies. Charleston and the barrier islands are especially vulnerable to the impacts of storms and sea level rise. Changing the climate is also likely to increase inland flooding. Since 1958, the amount of precipitation during heavy rainstorms.”

4. Or consider the impact on Tennessee:.

“more severe droughts and more hot days are likely to reduce [crop] yields, especially in the western half of Tennessee: 70 years from now, that part of the state is likely to have 15 to 30 more days with temperatures above 95°F than it has today. Even on irrigated fields, higher temperatures are likely to reduce yields of corn, and possibly soybeans. Warmer temperatures are also likely to reduce the productivity of dairy and other cattle farms.

Tennessee, in other words, is going to be very hot and produce much less food. So, hot and hungry.

5. And then there is Florida, where rising sea levels will devastate cities and submerge the state over time.

So maybe that should be, there used to be Florida.

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19 Responses

  1. President Madoff, excuse me President Trump, reminds me of an ancient Pharoah who might eliminate the name of a former Pharoah by vandalizing the former’s tomb, chiseling his name off of monuments, etc.

    So it seems to be with any law or treaty President Obama enacted during his administration. We have seen Trump attempt to undo Obamacare, sign off on environmental roll backs as well as banking laws, and now Trump is talking of going back to the cold war days with respect to this nations relationship with Cuba. I look for his next destructive act to be directed towards ripping up the international agreement with Iran.

    In essence we are dealing with a vengeful spoiled brat whose racist Wrestlemania cult following couldn’t be more thrilled.

  2. The perennial beggars from the former Confederacy – the same ones who rail against big government – will demand that Washington bail them out. States that have been net recipients of federal tax dollars since 1933: what is it, exactly, that we owe them?

  3. The results of rising carbon dioxide will certainly result in property damage and deaths in the United States but the rest of the world has many more vulnerable people and the death toll and destruction from a unilateral decision to abandon responsibility for its pollution by the US will be much higher outside its shores.
    By freeloading on energy while others commit to restrictions and refusing to compensate victims for their loss, the US has gained a competitive advantage. Time for the other 193 nations to decide how to handle this selfish action.

  4. I am no fan of David Brooks, but a part of the opening paragraph of his op-ed in the NYT this morning is apt:

    “This week, two of Donald Trump’s top advisers, H. R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, wrote the following passage in The Wall Street Journal: “The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.”

    That sentence is the epitome of the Trump project. It asserts that selfishness is the sole driver of human affairs. It grows out of a worldview that life is a competitive struggle for gain. It implies that cooperative communities are hypocritical covers for the selfish jockeying underneath.”

    The great socio-biologist E. Owen notes a paradox: selfish individuals thrive but altruistic individuals fail, yet, conversely, altruistic societies thrive while selfish societies fail. We are increasingly putting our thumb on the scale in terms of just how selfish we are: deny birth-control to women today; tomorrow deny a social safety net to a still broader swathe of society; finally, deny the planet a livable sustainable model that will ensure human survival.

    Someone needs to tell Caligula a L’Orange that just because he can put his ass on a golden toilet seat doesn’t make him king.

    Here in the Northwest we clearly see the effects of climate change. Oregon is not as rainy as some assume (we generally get beautiful stretches of weather to break up the rain starting in February), but we have now had two epically wet winters – which is fine because we were in drought – but I do mean epically.

    Weather patterns, such as said winters, will become much more stubborn and persistent as the climate warms. Rain from late September until May? Yeah, that happens. But this past year in that period we had only about 10 days out of 210 with no rain in that period – get your head around that one. The drippy weather took its toll on fruit trees (which could not be sprayed due to the wet) and had many of us reaching for the bottle.

    • The pioneering sociobiologist E.O. Wilson, through his long study of ants and other social insects, has found that evolution favors cooperative societies over competitive ones. But, that involves science, so we can’t expect Trump to understand it.

  5. Trump represents an old America. That is probably why he is going to, ‘Make America Great Again’ emphasis on the ‘Again’.

    I live in Pittsburgh, and thank goodness Mayor Bill Peduto tweeted, and then he later appeared on CNN. Peduto told Anderson Cooper how Pittsburgh would continue to follow the Paris Climate Agreement. The Mayor also updated the world on how Pittsburgh has evolved away from it’s one time title of being ‘Smokey Town USA’. We Pittsburghers can once again see the blue sky, and go boating on our three wonderful rivers.

    Trump is living in the past, and his business brain sees everything as it being a ‘deal’. Trump stands up for the ‘no science crowd’, and in their minds all this climate stuff is a left wing hoax which benefits only the Chinese. So the Paris Climate Agreement is a ‘bad deal’. Unbelievable!

  6. Why is God allowing the Bible Belt to be put at such risk? Perhaps I should pose that question to the Christian Broadcast Network or Liberty University.

  7. During the ‘great recession’, US CO2 emissions dropped significantly. It’s not from the touted increase in natural gas, but the economic slowdown that’s responsible. If the rest of the world is committed to reducing CO2, and finds the actions of the U.S. intolerable, would you blame the nations for slowly divesting from support and involvement in the USEconomy?

  8. Trump: “The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries.”

    I live in south Louisiana. Does this mean I can stop paying federal taxes?

  9. Jesus, who was in that crowd in the Rose Garden applauding the moron like he was the second coming? How do you get that many brain damaged idiots in one place?

    • When Trump first announced his run for the presidency , coming down the escalator at the Trump Tower, there were people there applauding him. Much later we found out that he had hired people to do that. When he went to the CIA and spoke in front of their memory wall shortly after the Inauguration, he got a warm response. We found out later that he had “salted” the crowd with staffers from the White House to provide applause and support. Most CIA employees found his speech to be repugnant, according to sources with internal contacts. Does that answer your question?

  10. Is this a Trump quote? “Since 1958, the amount of precipitation during heavy rainstorms.”

    It sure sounds like it. The article needs a proof-reader.

  11. This is the truth about all the climate deniers: they’re not stupid or uneducated. They know that climate change is real. They also know that they will be dead by the time the real impact of climate change hits. They want their money now, and what happens to the planet later is not their concern. Trump is 70. He’ll be dead in 20 years, maybe less. We won’t start to see the truly catastrophic effects until 2050. The most we will be able to do then is dig him up and drag his bloato body thru the streets. What the young need to be told over and over is that the Republican Party destroyed the planet the young had planned on inhabiting.

  12. You want fairness? How about treating every person on earth as the same, regardless of country, and letting them have equal rights to use carbon emitting energy? Sounds fair to you?

    Each American is responsible for 16.1 tonnes of CO2 every year, the average Indian 1.9 tonnes and the world average around 7 tonnes. Under a global system India would have the right to build new coal fired stations so hundreds of millions would be able to have a light-bulb for the first time while America would have to cut its consumption in half to be at the global average.

    Paris didn’t work like that. It allowed some leeway for poor nations – but still assumed citizens of rich nations were entitled to use far more energy and contribute much more to pollution than others. American negotiators are far more effective in protecting American interests that Trump gives credit for.

    That is why Trump snivelling about ‘fairness’ sticks in my craw. 5% of the world’s population produces 25% of the problem and that was never once acknowledged in this appeal to American selfishness.

  13. A link as to why Trumps opinion is regarded with particular disdain and why the rest of the world thinks the US is copping out of its responsibility.
    Cumulative CO2 Emissions.
    link to timeforchange.org

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