A Drought of Meaningful Action - Years Of Living Dangerously

A Drought of Meaningful Action

By Matt ROSENBAUM

President Trump was giving a speech in drought-stricken North Dakota when he stopped to reassure the locals, many of them farmers and ranchers, who have been suffering under its impacts. He started by offering a little perspective, reminding them that they were “better off” than those hit by Hurricane Harvey. Then going on to assure them: “We’re doing everything we can but you have a very serious drought. I just said to the governor, I didn’t know you had droughts this far north. Guess what — you have them…We’re working hard on it, and it will disappear, it will all go away.” It would seem President Trump only thinks humans can impact the climate when he’s talking about himself.

Unfortunately, like almost all of President Trump’s statements it was filled with misinformation and false promises. One of the few nuggets of truth in there was, “I didn’t know you had droughts this far North” – and it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Frankly, what President Trump doesn’t know about the climate could fill the West Wing, not to mention the EPA, DOE, and NASA.

Despite Trump’s attempt to minimize it, this drought is part of a larger trend, an alarming one, and it isn’t going to “disappear” or “all go away.”  That trend is climate change, and the evidence is all around us. We see it in California, where even a wet winter provided only temporary relief until a record heatwave left the earth baked, dried, and replete with wildfires come summer’s end. We see it in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey, dumped record amounts of rain on Houston, powered by above average temperatures in the Gulf and excess water vapor in the air. We see it in the Caribbean, Florida, where Irma caused death, destruction and left millions without power. This isn’t normal.

This recent spate of hurricanes and droughts is indicative of climate change. As the world warms, wet areas are getting wetter, and dry areas are getting drier. The only way to truly solve this problem is by slashing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting renewable energy, and embracing the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Until President Trump does that, he has no business saying he is “working hard on it.”

 

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