Donald Trump Flips the Bird to Planet Earth. Oh, and Also to Most of the World’s Countries

Donald Trump Music“Yeehaw! Who’s chokin’ on your French Fries now bitches!” was almost my initial rebel yell response to when Donald Trump announced yesterday, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” His speech surrounding his decision to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement nearly convinced me that the United States is getting seriously hosed by the rest of the world. I started to almost feel bad about trying to be environmentally conscious or care about the planet my two daughters are going to have to grow up in. “Fire up the coal and let’s get frackin’ baby!” I began to be sold to thinking as Trump babbled on like a little kid sore loser on the playground about lost profits, fleeing jobs and how it was an unfair deal to the U.S. The problem is, none of his deranged sermon really makes much practical sense if you observe the natural world around you or acquire information from sources outside of the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart News.

Reality and intelligence soon regained a foothold on my brain as I drove home to Orono, Maine and I started to consider what pulling out of the Paris Climate Treaty really says about the country we are. Trump directly insulted the French, but he also indirectly insulted the rest of the world. He essentially said that temporary American jobs and short term profits are more important than the health of the planet.

According to Trump’s philosophy, all of the countries of the world should just do what’s best for them. Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen. The world is ignoring the selfish, ignorant bully running our country and instead listening to common sense and most importantly science.

Despite this setback, I am optimistic that our country will collectively reject this decision and continue to push foreword with policies even more aggressive than those agreed to in the Paris Climate Treaty. Trump continues to live in the isolated, deranged bubble that only those who have lived a life focused on the accumulation of wealth and power at the expense of others can afford. I am confidant that America will step up to be a world leader in environmental policy because there are far more of us out there who pay attention to scientific data and fact. There are far too many of us in this country who don’t have our heads stuck up our asses. We can see what’s going on and we actually read real books and journals that include actual evidence of what’s now occurring and what is potentially going to happen if we don’t collectively work together to decrease CO2 emissions.

Many in Trump’s base will remain hypnotized by his imaginary false promises no matter what happens but as time marches on, those in his bubble will become less significant. The America I know and love is going to rise up and show the world that the vast majority of us understand the importance of working together to make our planet healthier. Trumps bubble of greedy nut jobs will self-implode and burst out of our twitter feeds as quickly as they blew in. We are his boss and he just made a decision that hurts the Earth’s bottom line.


A Risky Bet against Climate Science

The current U.S. administration’s decision to remove regulations designed to help fight climate change is a dangerous assault towards the health of our environment and a move backwards from a sustainable approach to energy needs. How can the current U.S. administration look their own families in the eyes and believe deep in their hearts that everything just about every scientist is saying about human induced climate change is miscalculated? Is there anything in this life that you can be 100% certain about? I would argue that there isn’t anything you can really know for sure and when it comes to something as complicated and vast as our climate system, no one can be fully certain.

However, decisions being made at the highest level of our government imply certainty that climate change is not real. What does a warmer, less predictable world wide climate look and feel like? Many would respond by simply saying look around the world now. The scientific community has made it very clear that rolling back regulations on greenhouse gas emissions will ensure that temperatures will continue to rise and precipitation patterns will unpredictably shift. There will be increases in droughts and heat waves, more intense storms, sea level rise and an ice-free Artic.

There is overwhelming scientific data that has been collected over the years that should change even the most stubborn of skeptics minds. But, pointing to this evidence, which has been effectively done through countless organizations, talented writers, speakers, filmmakers, politicians, musicians and of course scientists the world over, simply doesn’t seem to reach the hearts and minds of those who continue to encourage and enable destructive behavior towards our beautiful planet and all of its inhabitants.

I ask anyone who believes in discarding years of progressive environmental policy based on scientific data: is rolling back federal government efforts to fight climate change worth the short term profits at the expense of a potentially less hospitable planet? Many would argue, including all countries who signed the 2015 Paris agreement, that discouraging carbon emissions ignites innovation and growth in the sustainable energy sectors. One must be blind to history to believe that unsustainable jobs for American workers today are more important than the potential ills our planet may face tomorrow. Just go visit the boom and bust ghost towns that litter our landscapes.

The stakes are too high for the future of our planet for these misguided bets against global scientific evidence. We should not be repealing environmental regulations. We should be listening to the scientists and working to make current and future regulations result in positive outcomes for our planet.

Environmental policy decisions made now will have far reaching impacts that will stretch far beyond the lifetimes of those in power.  The picture of a warm soupy planet that the majority of scientists are painting is not very pretty. There is a chance that the scientists are right. They tend to be pretty smart people and if they are right, how can we sit back and let what the Trump Administration is doing go on without a fight; a fight that must be won. Thankfully, the rest of the world is not following our lead and they are sticking to the promises they made in the Paris Climate Treaty.

This administration, along with recently becoming a father, has made me feel that the time for standing idly by while the future of our beautiful planet gets shortchanged at the hands of those sick with addictions to power and greed must end. The time has never been more ripe to reject short-term minded environmental policies. The time to rise up and demand action is now.


Worldwide Companies Plan For 100% Renewable Energy. That’s Right Bonehead Skeptics.

A little positive thinking sprinkled with foreword ideas often leads to progression. A step foreword for a planet that needs it badly. Google announced that it plans to have its operations running with 100% renewable energy by next year. This is fantastic news for planet Earth and not so good news for the non-renewable kings and queens that are ever so slowly losing their grip on controlling how us Earth folks get around.

Google is not the only company with bold plans to move towards a more sustainable future for everyone. There is a whole host of companies out there who see the light and are investing into a sustainable energy model that will benefit the Earth and eventually their bottom line. According to their website, RE100 “is a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.” Currently, over 80 companies have signed an initiative with RE100 to make their way towards powering their business through 100% renewable energy resources. The list of companies contains some big names and hopefully they will start swinging the energy consumption pendulum away from finite energy sources. Take it from Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, “the science tells us that tackling climate change is an urgent global priority. We believe the private sector, in partnership with policy leaders, must take bold steps and that we can do so in a way that leads to growth and opportunity.” Thanks Urs from Google for stepping up and recognizing that scientific data collected by some of the worlds smartest people does actually indicate reality.

That’s right. Climate change is real folks. To one of our nations bigger boneheads, the madly disgruntled Rush Limbaugh, although I question if his real name is actually Rush, who has said in response to overwhelming scientific data clearly showing that greenhouse gases contribute to a warmer planet, “It’s just absurd, and it’s all based on bogus, bohunk computer modeling. There’s not one shred of scientific data,” I reiterate my assertion that you are indeed a class A bonehead who happens to have a crappy radio program with a low information audience. I will try to get to more boneheads future Soundcentury posts on environmental issues. There is certainly no shortage of them.

Here is an interesting tune by Mac Mccloud. It’s called the “The Bone Head Song.” This one goes out to you Rush.