Kirsters Baish| Last Tuesday, the liberally-biased Washington Post published a piece in which the writer described President Donald Trump as “complicit” in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The massive Category 4 hurricane is on target to reach the Carolinas by this coming Friday. The storm contains winds of more than 100 miles per hour and torrential rainfall.
The Washington Post’s editorial board gave the President credit, however, after he warned residents that were in the storm’s projected path to prepare themselves and to be sure to follow the guidance of their respective local officials. The Post went on, however, to blame Trump for “allowing the conditions to exist the precipitated the hurricane’s formation.”
The piece read, “[W]hen 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.”
The board stated, “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.”
The editorial quotes experts who stated that part of the problem is climate change and the “warming” oceans. The piece attacked the President for going after former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
The piece finished off by claiming that Trump “has cemented the GOP’s legacy as one of reaction and reality denial.”
As of Wednesday, as reported by WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina, the massive storm was roughly 485 miles away from land.
Take a look at the WLTX 11 a.m. Wednesday update:
Western Journal writes:
Last month, the Trump administration announced its intention to replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, which would give individual states more authority to regulate green house gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, NPR reported.
Obama’s plan had called for cutting carbon emissions by one-third by 2030, which essentially would have ended coal-powered electricity production in the U.S. Critics argued such a draconian move would have caused energy prices to spike.
The Institute for Energy Research found that 45 states would see double digit increases in wholesale energy costs; and in 16 of those states, it would be 25 percent or higher.
Among Trump’s early decisions as president was to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord entered into by Obama.
“Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals,” President Trump said in June of last year.
He went on, “As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States — which is what it does – the world’s leader in environmental protection, while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters.”
Trump also reminded, “Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree…Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100.”
At the beginning of the year, Trump spoke on the East’s record cold temperatures saying, “perhaps we could use a little bit of good old Global Warming.”
He tweeted, “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
A few days after the President posted the tweet, former Vice President Al Gore sent out his own tweet claiming that he believed in climate change, and further claimed that it was the reason for the cold winter.
Gore tweeted, “It’s bitter cold in parts of the U.S, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.”
It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis. https://t.co/6UfJ9Xxpq6
— Al Gore (@algore) January 4, 2018
Meteorologist Joe Bastardi, who spent thirty years working for AccuWeather, disagreed entirely with Gore’s comments, calling his view “flat out insanity and deception.”
This is flat out insanity and deception now To tell the public that events that have occurred countless times before with no climate change attribution, is now just that, is not science, its witchcraft, NO PROOF AT ALL. Its climate ambulance chasing, nothing more
— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) January 4, 2018
“To tell the public that events that have occurred countless times before with no climate change attribution, is just that, is not science…It’s climate ambulance chasing, nothing more,” he stated.