Monday, May 23, 2016

Trump's Coming Climate Change Betrayal

by JASmius

You know the expressions "actions speak louder than words" and "putting your money where your mouth is"?  Presumptive "Republican" presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be doing both when it comes to the global warming hoax, and it's not what some people would lead you to believe:

Donald Trump says he is “not a big believer in global warming.” He has called it “a total hoax,” “bullshit” and “pseudoscience.”

But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.”

The New York [m]illionaire is applying for permission to erect a coastal protection works to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare.

A permit application for the wall, filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland and reviewed by Politico, explicitly cites global warming and its consequences — increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather this century — as a chief justification for building the structure.

The zoning application raises further questions about how the [m]illionaire developer would confront a risk he has publicly minimized but that has been [fraudulently] identified as a defining challenge of this era by world leaders, global industry and the American military. His public disavowal of [bogus, cherry-picked] climate science at the same time he moves to secure his own holdings against the effects of climate change also illustrates the conflict between his political rhetoric and the [political] realities of running a business with seaside assets in the twenty-first century.

“It's diabolical," said former South Carolina-4 Republican Representative Bob Inglis, an advocate of conservative solutions to climate change. “Donald Trump is working to ensure his at-risk properties and his company is trying to figure out how to deal with [fictional] sea level rise. Meanwhile, he’s saying things to audiences that he must know are....true. … You have a soft place in your heart for people who are honestly ignorant, but people who are deceitful, that’s a different thing.”

Neither Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, nor Alan Garten, the general counsel of the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for Trump’s business ventures, responded to requests for comment. [emphases added]

So which is it, Trumplicans?  Does your hero really believe the truth about anthropogenic climate change, that it is "a total hoax,” “bullshit” and “pseudoscience”?  Or does he really believe the hoax and is just feeding you the "total hoax,”/“bullshit” that he doesn't to keep all of you in the "classy cult" and on the golf course reservation?  Or is he such a crappy manager that he isn't even aware that his business empire is blatantly contradicting his avowed (for the moment) policy stances?

Maybe the Democrat that Ben Carson recently floated as being on The Donald's veep shortlist is this man....

After all, Trump doesn't take small bites; why would selling out his swindled base be any different?

And as a followup to yesterday's post on the Donk Civil War, the DINOs are taking steps to defuse that well in advance of Philadelphia:

It turns out the Democrats still will have something Sanders wants, even if he loses. You see, the Democrats expect to take the Senate back this fall, which means the Democrats will have Senate committee chairmanships to hand out next year. Bernie Sanders, as ranking Democrat of the Budget committee, would love to get one of those, so he will fall in line.

Harry [G]Reid is already dropping hints, saying Sanders can come back to the Senate with “more power,” but “I just hope the people who surround him, his campaign advisers, give him the right advice.”

Weekend Bernie's lark and the unexpected cacophonous following he's attracted may have gone to his head, but while he has run a close and hard-fought race against the Empress, he's still going to lose, and it won't be on the strength of SuperDuperDelegates, either.  The California primary will settle that once and for all.  So he can't win the Democrat nomination, and has much more to lose from "Days of Rage II" than from knuckling under and returning to the Senate to chair next year's Budget Committee, where he can pursue his leftwingnut fiscal fantasies just as effectively.

Will Sanders make the "right choice," knuckle under, and take his proffered gavel?  Or will he keep tilting at windmills?  The smart money is on....Democrat Party unity.  And, consequently, Donald Trump's doom.

But who knows?  The one-time Wobbly may be as crazy as he looks.

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