There are those moments when suddenly it hits you. There really is a great portion of America that has bought into the hoax of man-made global warming. I mean, as in really bought in.
The fact of the matter is, for a lot of millennials and those on the Left, this is sacred dogma and settled science. Either we do something to protect Mother Earth or we and our descendants will all die horrible deaths. In many of the post-election write ups, the reaction from millennials was best captured by the following exchange.
Donna Brazile, the interim leader of the Democratic National Committee, was giving what one attendee described as “a rip-roaring speech” to about 150 employees, about the need to have hope for wins going forward, when a staffer identified only as Zach stood up with a question.
“Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?” he asked, according to two people in the room. “You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself.”
Some DNC staffers started to boo and some told him to sit down. Brazile began to answer, but Zach had more to say.
“You are part of the problem,” he continued, blaming Brazile for clearing the path for Trump’s victory by siding with Clinton early on. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.” (bold italics added)
I can only imagine what this guy Zach is going through today after yesterday’s news of Trump selecting Scott Pruitt to head up the EPA.
Fueling the hysteria are the following articles:
The New York Times (with a super balanced headline): Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.
Then, another “We’re really about to lose it!” headline from the New York Times: An Enemy of the E.P.A. to Head It.
Add to this just a few tweets from my timeline after I wrote my initial piece praising the selection of Pruitt.
Do I care about the environment? Absolutely. Do I worship it? No.
Yes, I actually believe in science. As in actual, data driven science. You, my hysterical friend, appear to be wrapping dogma around a fairytale, the mix of which makes you appear more than a little foolish.
Because of his selection of Scott Pruitt, Trump is now on par with the Central Committee of Communist China. Who. Knew?!
Here’s the real rub, though.
I believe the EPA’s Settlement Fund is going to take a serious hit under Scott Pruitt. Not familiar with it? Essentially, an organization or corporation settles with Obama’s Department of Justice for non-implementation of the new 3,900 EPA regulations under the Obama Administration and the DOJ demands community service.
Since it is an organization or corporation, the entity often cannot practically perform community service so it instead agrees to donate an agreed monetary value to a third party non-profit organization and that counts as community service and also the DOJ typically then reduces fines, some of which also fund the Settlement Fund.
Those third party NGO’s are about to lose millions of dollars of funding, funding they used to hire more lawyers to create more litigation in the name of climate change.