Trump and other denialists reject climate change. Why?
On June 1, Pres. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the international Paris Agreement On Climate Change and pushed climate change into one of the major stories of the year. This has opened many more questions than can be covered in any single post.
We consider only that small facet of the climate change argument about why many business and political leaders deny it is happening. This is the first of two discussions on why leaders deny that Earth’s climate is changing at an unnatural rate. In Climate shift denialists 2, we will discuss why some religious leaders might become denialists.
Climate shift is real (A) Prologue
Human-caused climate change is happening right now, and we will start with that. It is a “feature” of chaos shift events that effects, once done, can never be reversed. The sea level is rising now. Example: islands, coastal towns, bays and bayous are being swallowed by the ocean and scoured with its currents and tides. Even if the level drops in a century or so, these features will never be same again. Weather is becoming fiercer; all who die because of extended day temperatures of 120° to 140° F (50°-60° C) will be lost forever. Although real and currently happening, it is strongly disputed (in the US). We start with the fact of its existence Definitions …
- Weather – what happens every day. It is like a snapshot across the your street. Today your image shows part of a bakery, a white panel truck and a blue SUV. Tomorrow you see a different part of the bakery, a florist shop, bicyclists, and a pickup.
- Climate – the long average of the weather. It is like adding together a series of snaps of your street scene. If you average a large number of pictures, the incidental traffic, no matter how large, will be removed and all the shops become apparent.
Skeptical Science features the world temperature graph by Dana Nuccitelli. Fig 1 is from the author’s YouTube presentation. Click the image for a readable version.
World weather is the jagged green line.
World climate is the straight red line.
Temperature changes are just one of the indicators of our shifting climate. Others such as desertification and rising sea coasts may have more impact on us (as a species).
Check the Skeptical Science website for the 10 top alt facts used by denialists.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (Fig 2) of Texas Tech University is one of the many scientists who talk about the climate-shift problem. Watch as she discusses various climate facts, false and true to a group of interested people.
It is climate that is shifting, the weather will just grow more violent as the change continues. So…
Q: Why do Americans doubt climate change?
A: Their leaders and TV talking heads tell them to.
Q: Why do people in authority deny what is happening?
A: Motives of business execs and politicians are easy. Religious leaders?
The second post will be my very personal answer to Christians in denial.
Climate shift is real (B) Why are business leaders climate denialists?
Business resistance is totally understandable – Check the relation between stock prices and executive compensation.
This an issue is about how people work. The people who run large businesses are among the highest compensated in the world, many fought their way up to extreme wealth, many were born to it. If stock goes down in the short term, terrible things happen, so corporate planning strategies usually have a 3-6 month timeline.