Donald Trump and his climate change advisors.
So Trump has pulled out of the Paris Climate Change feel good.
What an arsehole eh?
Let’s be clear, the only reason Trump has done this is because of the culture war in America. This isn’t a decision based on economics or science or even reason, the Paris Agreement is a casualty of the vicious culture war that sees climate change as a dividing line between the educated and the ignorant.
Trump’s voter base are an ocean of ignorance, after ongoing open war with the media and the constant Russia investigation, Trump needed to show his supporters that he’s still on their side, even if that side means sacrificing American leadership and burning all the books.
But is the withering global criticism just cheap hypocrisy?
Here’s the truth.
Global warming caused by human pollution is real, it’s here, it’s now and it’s far worse than we acknowledge.
The achilles heel of free market globalisation is its constant demand for growth. What happens when that growth demand is larger than the biospheres ability to provide for that growth? Well we are about to find that out.
Normally the planet takes hundreds of thousands of years to get up to the CO2 levels we have now, we have done that artificially in the space of 2 centuries. We know from the historic record that when CO2 builds to these levels, it can create dramatic and catastrophic climate change in the space of decades.
We have no idea of how severe that catastrophic change can be when it’s artificially accelerated in the manner we have caused.
What we can say for certainty however is that the Planet and we as a species are in more danger than we have ever faced.
From a feel good perspective Paris was a success, from the reality perspective however, we are now seeing in real time climate change at a speed far faster than the IPCC has predicted. Frozen methane coming off the ocean floor, the thawing of permafrost, the slowing of the ocean current and the massive meltdown in Greenland and Antarctica required a response that puts the entire planets economy on a war footing, what we got from Paris was a twitter storm of self congratulation.
In short, Paris was a complete failure to begin with because it simply did not go anywhere near far enough. Trump pulling out is the least of our concerns.
We need to understand and comprehend that we are beyond the tipping points and are now seeing run away forces take over. Our only possible way forward is a focus on adaptation yet our political, economic and cultural system is in denial and our scientists regularly gagged.
When the methane time tomb explodes the pretence will be over. The realities of climate change will over take the political denial and force a radical agenda, because by then climate change won’t be the petty casualty of an American culture war, it will become an issue of survival.