Climate Change

 

 

When Trump decided to leave the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the majority of the countries involved responded so negatively that it even influenced world opinion enough for most reports to declare that Trump’s withdrawal did not reflect the will or the interests of most people in the United States or, for that matter, around the world.

     The issues, at the U.N. climate treaty meetings, held this past May, included most of the World’s governments voicing the opinion that the USA, now that Donald Trump spoke for the country, was too big of a polluter to be allowed to participate in the creation or even have any say in any creation of any climate change policy, even though, because of the rules of the Paris Agreement, it’s likely that over the next four years, the U.S. will continue to play a role in the negotiations, even as U.S. delegates will attempt to push the fossil fuel industry’s Capitalist, profit-driven agenda.

      Many agreed that they must protect the Paris Agreement from corporate interference that advances a conflict of interest policy at the
next Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23)

     It is sad that we have such a president who believes his own lies and ridiculous double-talk to the point of sometimes even confusing himself as to what he actually said, always declaring that climate change is minor and won’t have any effect on the weather, even as floods, storms, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and extreme heatwaves continue to plague us like never before. He continues to deny climate change even as he continues to praise a fossil fuels-focused policy.  

     The ridiculousness of this policy is so demented and backwards, I can hardly believe it but Trump as POTUS is also hard to believe.
Under Donald Trump we have a man who is continuing down a path laden with pollution and global warming. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that the human race is responsible for global warming, which means absolutely nothing to Donald Trump, someone who cares only for himself and his money.
Burning fossil fuels emits a number of air pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and public health. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, primarily the result of burning coal, contribute to acid rain and the formation of harmful particulate matter but Trump continues to go down a path that leads to oblivion: having coal companies digging in the earth to further damage the  world’s resources just to continue old policies of the past and slogans that harken backwards instead of looking forward. “I’m going to make America great again,” a statement by Trump, so obviously trumpets the past it isn’t even funny. Of course Trump will not even consider electric cars, a technology that has been known and used for almost 200-years. The first electric car was built in 1828 and by 1900 they were extremely popular because compared to the gas and steam-powered automobiles at the time, electric cars were quiet, easy to drive and didn’t emit smelly pollutants—quickly becoming popular with the urban population especially women and for about a dozen years, they were owned by about a third of the population.

     Thomas Edison thought that electric cars were by far the superior mode of transportation but continued to work to build a better battery.

     As early as 1901, Ferdinand Porsche created the world’s first hybrid car; powered by electricity stored in a battery and a gas engine.
In 1912 the die was cast for gas-powered cars when the first mass-produced car: the  Model T,  made their cars so much cheaper when Henry Ford gambled with mass-production of the cars with many investors striking it rich and when they introduced the electric starter it skyrocketed even more when Henry Ford gambled on the car’s low cost, durability, versatility and ease of maintenance and won big, making him and his company wealthy beyond all imagination, mass-producing 15 million Model T’s between 1908 and 1927.
The discovery of cheap Texas crude oil contributed to the downfall of electric vehicles and that, along with easily built gas-stations led to the popularity of gas-powered vehicles. 

     If America transitioned all the light-duty cars to hybrids or plug-in electrics we could reduce the dependence on foreign oil by 30-60% and lower the carbon pollution by 20% but then politics sneaked in when George H.W. Bush was elected POTUS. Bush owned Zapata Petroleum and Zapata Off-Shore Company.
George W. Bush owned Arbusto Energy an oil & gas exploration firm, which merged with Spectrum 7 Energy Corporation in 1984.

     The political connections involved in the wars in the middle east, Saudi Arabia and Iraq and Iran cannot be overlooked because oil is a leading cause of war. Although the possession of oil reserves is many times exaggerated the sum total of the political affects generated by the oil industry translates into oil being a leading cause of war.

     The oil wars bear directly on the economy of America and combined with the huge amount of jobs which would be lost not to mention the oil barons and automobile barons who would lose billions if not trillions make it extremely difficult for any electric cars to become profitable enough for most companies to forget about continuing the pursuit of what should, logically, become a reality and if not for the amount of money involved electric cars would probably have been adopted in this country long ago, but now, only time will tell.
The question is not what it should be because if our health was valued over our money we would all be driving electric cars but for far too many people money is valued far more than their own health.