Other views: Sci­ence is not set­tled on global cli­mate

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Matt Vespa, Town­hall.com:

“Global warm­ing has con­sis­tently been ranked the least im­por­tant is­sue with vot­ers for years. This is an Acela Cor­ri­dor con­cern, where rich lib­er­als can whine and ad­vo­cate about re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sion with zero eco­nomic blow­back. For ru­ral Amer­ica, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans will be out of work. No job re­train­ing will do any good ... and eco­nomic growth and ac­tiv­ity could be se­verely cur­tailed. The job losses would be stag­ger­ing. We’re the Saudi Ara­bia of coal, with enough to power our coun­try and our econ­omy for cen­turies. We’re at our most in­dus­tri­al­ized in the U.S. and air qual­ity couldn’t be bet­ter. Sorry, the sci­ence is not set­tled on this mat­ter. We’re go­ing to hear about ex­treme weather in the com­ing days — and how Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is some semi-God who con­jured it out of thin air, or some­thing — but we had the calmest hurricane sea­son in 30 years back in 2013. In that same year, we ex­pe­ri­enced the qui­etest tor­nado sea­son in 60 years.”

Ned Bar­nett, The (Raleigh, North Carolina) News & Ob­server:

“As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Caroli­nas this week, Trump (said), ‘We are ab­so­lutely and to­tally pre­pared.’ He may be right about fed­eral emer­gency readi­ness — we’ll see — but he’s plainly wrong about the na­tion’s broader prepa­ra­tion for weather calami­ties. This pres­i­dent is do­ing the op­po­site of pre­par­ing. In the face of cli­mate change that is clearly con­tribut­ing to more pow­er­ful storms, droughts, floods, ris­ing seas lev­els and wild­fires, Trump is drop­ping the na­tion’s guard. ... In the next week or so, the pres­i­dent may be in North Carolina to sur­vey the wreck­age from Florence. But such dam­age in the fu­ture will be in­ten­si­fied by his own big wind that’s up­end­ing ef­forts to avert cli­mate change. Call it Hurricane Don­ald.”

Mi­ami Her­ald, editorial:

“When it comes to ex­treme weather, Trump is com­plicit. ... With de­press­ingly ironic tim­ing, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Tues­day a plan to roll back fed­eral rules on meth­ane, a po­tent green­house gas that is the main com­po­nent in nat­u­ral gas. Drillers and trans­porters of the fuel were sup­posed to be more care­ful about let­ting it waft into the at­mos­phere, which is noth­ing more than rank re­source waste that also harms the en­vi­ron­ment. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has now at­tacked all three pil­lars of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s cli­mate-change plan. The pres­i­dent has ce­mented the GOP’s legacy as one of re­ac­tion and re­al­ity de­nial. Sadly, few in his party ap­pear to care.”

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