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King Canute couldn’t turn back the tide–but King Donald can usher in a hurricane just by repealing some Obama-era methane regulations

September 16, 2018
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Image: U.K. Telegraph

From the Washington Post:

Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.

From CNN:

But while President Trump has been talking up our preparedness his policies have been tearing down our defenses to climate change, which is often a blame for extreme weather. In fact on the same day Trump was discussing Florence from the Oval Office, his EPA proposed rolling back restrictions on emissions of methane, which is 25 time worst than carbon dioxide when it comes to climate change. And that’s just the latest environmental policy targeted by the Trump administration. According to July’s study from ‘The New York Times’ nearly 80 regulations could be on their way out. They include everything from no longer requiring chemical companies to report leaks, to cutting cars and trucks fuel efficiency, pulling the U.S. out of the parties climate accords, dismantling the clean power plant and opening nearly all coastline to offshore drilling. It is so bad that according to two Harvard scientists, Trump’s environmental policies could lead to an additional 80,000 unnecessary deaths every decade. Not convinced about the connection between climate change and extreme weather? Well warmer water means more intense storms.

From Dan Rather:

Intensifying hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts. Coral dies. Diseases spread. Seas rise. Earth begs for a restoration to health, or at least to minimize the decline. Future generations will damn the complicit and complacent.

Fortunately, while Trump may be powerful enough to kill the coral, burn down the forests, and murder 8,000 people a year, his hurricane-causing capacities seem somewhat limited, since Hurricane Florence has been progressively downgraded to “tropical storm,” and, now, to “tropical depression.” Violent rains, severe flooding, and falling trees remain a serious hazard, and we all mourn the 17 killed so far in the Carolinas–but repealing Obama’s methane regulations had something to do with this? Really?

I don’t think President Trump has magical powers over the wind and the seas–yet.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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