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Est. April 5, 2002
June 15, 2017 - Issue 703

The Ultimate Betrayal 
The Destruction of Mother Earth


"The peril of the planet cannot possibly be
understood in its totality by these two buffoons
who reject evidence-based facts and truths.
Most of us would respect these facts as science
and welcome any positive steps to chart a
meaningful course on global climate change."

Everyone has been focused on the Senate intelligence committee hearings starring former FBI Director James Comey and current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. What frequently happens in the trump administration is that there is one eruption after another. You can barely process the reckless tweet, the foul decision or the racist comment before another comes barreling your way. That’s why we need to back up on a trump decision with far greater consequences. The decision of trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement is no small matter.

The Paris Agreement is not some French government mandate as trump alludes to. It is a historic part of the United Nations Framework on Climate Control agreed on by all nation members of the UN. All nation members as in unanimous. President Obama signed the Agreement only to have the current U.S. president slam the legitimacy of the goals. The U.S. stands alone in the world on breaking its pledge.

George W. Bush Jr. snatched the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol until China and other high gas-emitting countries made a commitment. The fact that there was no seriousness by this country to address greenhouse gas emissions in 2001 delayed any collective action on global warming for nearly a generation.

The peril of the planet cannot possibly be understood in its totality by these two buffoons who reject evidence-based facts and truths. Most of us would respect these facts as science and welcome any positive steps to chart a meaningful course on global climate change.

In retrospect, the backward decision of trump makes the two previous international actions on science and the climate even more important. There were tens of thousands of people who took a stand at the March for Science on Earth Day. Although the march included some of the usual suspects who opposed trump policies, many were people in the science and medical fields who were motivated to leave their laboratories, their offices and their libraries to raise their voices about the demonization and belittling of science, “to defend the role of science in policy and society.”

A week later, the People’s Climate March took place on the 100th day of trump’s administration. Organizers had started the planning long before the election results coughed out a president who can’t tell the difference between fact and fantasy. It didn’t take long before the roll-back of environmental protections won by years of organized efforts were in the crosshairs of trump. Again, unprecedented numbers across the globe took a stand to save our planet.

I do believe those two historic monumental actions is why we saw mayors, governors, university presidents and corporations chart their own course and vow to uphold the Paris Agreement - without the support of the president. It’s becoming easier to distance oneself from the orange man in the White House. Just ask the Golden State Warriors, 2016 NBA Champs.

Claiming that he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” trump created an international ripple that his little mind couldn’t have imagined. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo responded by declaring “We Have Our Own Climate Deal.”

Dozens of city mayors have signed onto America’s Pledge to reach the emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015. The effort is coordinated by billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg who has even promised $15 million of his own monies to fill the funding gap the UN will experience with the withdrawal of the U.S. With the its current consumption rate of the world's resources (25 per cent), this country needs to be leading by example in being an exemplary protector of Mother Earth.

Melting glaciers, rising seas, climbing temperatures and disappearing species are real. All the buffoonery going on in the White House is a dangerous distraction from the alarming assaults on the environment and the people who live in it. Partisan politics and trumpidity won’t mean a thing if our planet and all living things are in distress. We, The People, must intensify our efforts to choose democracy over trump, fact over fiction and life over death. Editorial Board member and Columnist, Jamala Rogers, founder and Chair Emeritus of the Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis. She is an organizer, trainer and speaker. She is the author of The Best of the Way I See It – A Chronicle of Struggle.  Other writings by Ms. Rogers can be found on her blog jamalarogers.comContact Ms. Rogers and BC.




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