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Science / Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« on: January 21, 2017, 04:09:02 AM »
Evidence of the Trump administration's assault on science is already documented in several threads here, but now that he's President, and the science melt season proper has started, it seems appropriate to keep a record.

Within moments of yesterday's inauguration, all references to combating climate change disappeared from the White House website [https://www.whitehouse.gov]. A search for "climate" returns three results:

An America First Energy Plan | whitehouse.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy
...and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the
Lou Henry Hoover | whitehouse.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/louhoover
Charles D. Henry, decided that the climate of southern California would favor
Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower | whitehouse.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/mamieeisenhower
...visits to relatives in the milder climate of San Antonio, Texas. There, in 1915
The page that once detailed the potential consequences of climate change was replaced by a page entitled, "An America First Energy Plan." which vows to eliminate “harmful and unnecessary policies” such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States rule.

Thus the new administration is committing to a reduction in policy in place of a reduction in emissions.

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Policy and solutions / Revolution
« on: May 30, 2016, 09:54:05 AM »
I became entangled in a fierce argument today on Facebook about action on climate change.

The context was the forthcoming Australian federal election, and the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. A disaster of the first order, caused by global warming. I said there was nothing any Australian government could do about that. No action taken in Australia can prevent climate change, and treating it as a domestic political problem is doomed to fail.

Of course, us ridding ourselves of an anti-science government is a good first step in that process, and we should take that step, but we’re way past first steps.

And of course, the abstraction between individual action and collective results is no argument for not taking individual action. But what can we do?

The real problem is that our global political system just isn’t equipped to respond to this class of threat. A democracy is about as good at combating climate change as it would be performing brain surgery, or riding a skateboard.

At the global level it’s not even a democracy. It’s worse than that: it's a committee of democracies. Therefore, any political activist serious about climate change should be a revolutionary. Anything less is just fooling around the periphery.

I don’t mean violent revolution. I simply mean we have to evolve.

The question is, what kind of political system would work?

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