“He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
—Stephen W. Hawking
One of the challenges about writing about The Donald is that he tells lies faster than a critic can call them out. WC will use The Donald’s recent opinions on the climate as cases in point.
The Donald recently applied to construct a sea wall in Ireland to protect golf courses he owns there from rising sea levels.The Trumpster is applying for permission to erect a coastal protection rock wall to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare. He filed an environmental statement in support of his proposed sea wall. In that environmental statement, The Donald said:
If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland. In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring. … As a result, we would expect the rate of dune recession to increase.
Later in the same statement The Donald argues that without his sea wall the erosion caused by larger, more frequent storms resulting from global warming will accelerate the loss of his golf course.
Let’s be clear about this: The Donald wanted a sea wall to protect his investment from damage caused by anthropogenic climate change.
But that’s not what he tells the crowds at this campaign rallies. That’s not what he tweets:
Have The Donald’s views changed in the last 2.5 years, or in the face of overwhelming evidence has he recognized that there’s no doubt of the science? Nope. In an interview with The Washington Post, the Trumpster said:
I think there’s a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I’m not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes — if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don’t know if they have global warming. They call it all sorts of different things; now they’re using “extreme weather” I guess more than any other phrase. I am not — I know it hurts me with this room, and I know it’s probably a killer with this room — but I am not a believer. Perhaps there’s a minor effect, but I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change.
On May 26, in a policy speech, The Donald said, “We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement,” referring to the landmark agreement between nearly 200 nations to keep the world from warming more than 2°C above average preindustrial levels.
But man-caused climate change isn’t the only subject where The Donald and the rest of the world are out of touch. Last week in a stump speech in Fresno, California, The Donald announced California is not having a drought. “There is no drought. There’s plenty of water.”
About 86% of the State of California is suffering moderate to extreme drought. But, apparently, not in the mind of The Donald. Does the Trumpster intend to bring his famous negotiating skills to the weather? Will he negotiate for an end to the drought? How far out of touch does a politician have to be before you can conclude they are delusionaly insane?
Candidate The Donald is himself a hoax. He has developed a brand, taking the selling of the president to unprecedented levels. The Trumpster peddles that brand relentlessly. But a hoax calling climate change or California’s drought a hoax is pretty ironic. Even if the irony is wasted on The Donald.