Donald Trump’ ignorance about the global warming crisis is not new. As regular readers already know, in 2012, President Stupid made the case that climate data is an elaborate conspiracy made up by China to undermine the American economy. That made Trump sound hopelessly delusional (of course, many brainwashed conservatives didn’t mind) but he’s still been dismissing climate change as a “hoax,” over and over again, pleasing his corporate puppet masters.
Last summer, once the president announced his amoral rejection of the Paris climate accord, Trump World had to deal with a simple question: does President Stupid still think global warming is fake? In a strange development, nobody in the president’s vicinity – Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt – would answer the question. The president’s position on the world’s biggest issue was a White House secret.
It’s much less of a secret now. Trump sat down this weekend with Piers Morgan and the Republican puppet elaborated on his perspective.
MORGAN: Do you believe in climate change? Do you think it exists?
TRUMP: There is a cooling and there is a heating, and I mean, look: It used to not be climate change. It used to be global warming.
TRUMP: Right? That wasn’t working too well, because it was getting too cold all over the place. The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, O.K., they’re at a record level.
He’s lying, of course. Our president, our supposed leader is lying about global warming. And when it comes to understanding the global warming crisis at even the most simple level, everything the president said was pure madness.
For a point-by-point debunking, The New Republic’s Emily Atkin published a great piece yesterday, which is certainly worth your time.
Trump undermines our capacity for international leadership and casts the United States in a deeply embarrassing light. The American president is that the latter has almost limitless access to the best information in the world. Donald Trump, however, doesn’t care about taking advantage of this unique truth-finding opportunity.
It’s discouraging, of course, that President Stupid doesn’t understand the most simple details of climate change. But it’s far more awful than the president doesn’t want to understand. Trump knows that the information is there, but he’s too lazy care.
Thus, we have a president who is unnervingly comfortable with his idiocy. Trump seems sure that his own baseless assumptions must be true, so he has no curiosity, asks no questions, and makes no attempts to grow intellectually.
A bill will come due for our world. Given the seriousness of the global warming crisis, the consequences will be severe.