Trump’s rejection of climate change: What is to be done?

BY:Juan Lopez| April 29, 2017
Trump’s rejection of climate change: What is to be done?


Editor’s note: This article is based on a report given to the National Board of the Communist Party.

Can humanity and nature survive Trump’s scorched-earth climate policies? What are Americans and the world community of nations doing about it? And what can we do together to up the ante?

Any fruitful strategy will require the most massive concerted participation of the American people.

New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.

Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans favor regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. And 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally.

In every congressional district, a majority of adults favor limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

However, a cautionary note: The study found that while Americans overwhelmingly believe global warming is happening and that carbon emissions need to be scaled back, fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally.

When faced with imminent threat, we humans are likely to react quickly. But, against slow moving and somewhat abstract threats, we tend not to be highly motivated to act even if the challenges are ultimately dire. Read more.


Photo: Creative Commons 3.0


    Juan Lopez is chairman of the Communist Party in northern California and statewide coordinator. He has been a labor and community activist during the nearly forty years he's lived in Oakland, where he and his wife raised three children. He was formerly a member of the Teamsters union and a shop steward.

Comments (4)

Erik Zurbruegg | May 11, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Environmentalism is a joke and a way for certain groups to take money from the working class. Private industry has come along way in technologies that protect the environment. Many people have lost their jobs because of this movement. Go Trump!!

    Ethan Huang | May 24, 2017 at 5:30 AM

    Environmentalism is a joke? So can you explain the obvious effects of greenhouse gas emissions? Private companies have come up with technologies that protect the environment, true. However, do you see even 1/10 cars on the street being electric, hydrogen, or even hybrid? I certainly don’t. In my neighborhood, I am the only person to have solar panels installed. As can be seen in many articles from verified neutral sources, renewable energy is a new and upcoming field that will create many more jobs than will be lost from fossil fuel reduction. This will also help save many species from being wiped out by oil drilling sites and coal mines. If you are just here to spread your ignorance and advertise ‘your great leader’, you can go to Reddit and do that.

    Jeremy | June 03, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    Lets take this argument against climate change and i’ll break down some statistics for you.
    Climate Change- Is a widely supported fact backed by many articles of sciences
    The Net Gain of the icecaps in the antarctic (Est 500,000 km/\2 is less than the net loss of arctic (Est -1,000,000 km/\2), combining these two we see a rapid melt (Est -500,000 km/\2) Potentially this can show a sign of raising the earths global temperature by portions of degrees. A single portion of degree of temperature change overtime can be risk to the ecosystems and potentially a disastrous risk for humans since WE are part of those ecosystems. Coral reefs are the worst to take the hit since their ecosystems are often more fragile to intervention, and if they die can have major extinctions of several variations of species. If the ecosystems get damaged their runs a risk of jobs being loss, mass poverty, and even famines striking across the globe.

    Job loss in oil and coal power plants are inevitable, and more should go into programs to helping retrain many of these workers and provide decent living standards while they undergo training or job searching, however trying to keep these industries running have several problems like climate change, dependencies that have sparked wars, and massive monopolies with mass amount of political influence.

    Private Industry Interest has been a mixed baggage in environmental issues, they market things like tesla’s preaching environmental friendly however depending if you aren’t the one generating electricity could be running the risk of changing the producer of the problem to coal and oil power plants. I think it is important for people to research things they are willing to spend into, if they are actually improving anything or potentially improving things.

    I hope I explained this well especially since the comment sections small, but if not i’ll potentially check back.

Jan Levine | May 09, 2017 at 2:48 PM

Another Arctic ice panic ends as world temperatures plummet

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