February 7, 2019
Trump leaving climate change out of his SOTU did not go unnoticed
by Michael Barron
Remember climate change? Remember how President Donald Trump didn’t mention climate in his State of the Union 2019? Of course you do and of course he didn’t. DJ Trump don’t spin that record. Well, according to The Guardian‘s Emily Holden, more than a few notable people noticed.
“How can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention—not one word—about climate change when the leading scientists of the world tell us that climate change is real, that climate change is caused by human activity, that climate change is already causing devastating harm in the United States,” said Senator Bernie Sanders in his response to Trump’s speech. “Furthermore, the scientists tell us we have a very short, 12 years, not a lot of time in order to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.”
Also incensed, Joel Clement, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Or simply, a concerned scientist who had been in attendance at the SOTU.
“The Trump administration’s strategy is to ignore climate change and pretend it doesn’t exist and pretend the science doesn’t exist even if it’s coming from its own agencies,” Clement said. “To not say anything about it is just ignorance, and it’s irresponsible.”
How irresponsible? Look no further than the content of the Climate Report released this past November, on Black Friday of all days, a day when people are distracted with like, you know, killer discounted couches and prices on plasma TVs so slashed you’d think they were horror movie props. Yeah, almost no one noticed, but hey, we did, and now we’ve published the report as a handy-dandy full color illustrated book so simple in its message that THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE DO NOT FIX THIS PROBLEM that even Trump could understand it.
The article goes on to note that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey are releasing expanded language on the high-level goals of a Green New Deal. Twitter, meanwhile, has made use of Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s golf-clap greeting to Trump as he took to the podium to address the nation. Enjoy.
Michael Barron is an editor at Melville House.