More Proof Donald Trump Wrong On Climate Change–And What Cities Can Do To Fight Back
Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported today that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.
That idea that Donald Trump promotes about China creating a hoax–even a plot–about climate change is just one of the most stupid things that has ever been uttered by the orange man. (And that is saying a great deal.)
The findings come two days before the inauguration of Trump who has and vowed to roll back President Obama’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases.
As was noted in an article I read over the holidays in Time, Michael Bloomberg notes that cities are taking the lead in fighting back on climate change, and will continue the same when Trump sits in the White House.
No issue better highlights the difference between Washington and cities than climate change. Those in Washington see climate change as a partisan issue. Mayors, of both small towns and big cities, see it as a reason to clean the air, save money on energy, build modern infrastructure, protect themselves from extreme weather and attract new businesses. They recognize that reducing greenhouse-gas emissions can make their communities healthier places to live and work.
I don’t know what the Trump Administration will do on climate change. But I am confident that no matter how the EPA is run, and no matter what laws the next Congress passes, we will meet the pledges that the U.S. made as part of the international agreement signed in Paris last year. The reason is simple: cities, businesses and citizens will continue to reduce emissions, and they will not let Washington stand in their way. Fighting climate change has never been primarily dependent on Washington. Over the past decade, Congress has not passed a single bill that takes direct aim at climate change. Yet at the same time, the U.S. has led the world in reducing carbon-dioxide emissions.
That progress has been driven by cities, businesses and citizens, and each group is determined to keep pushing ahead. In fact, if the new Administration withdraws from the Paris Agreement, as the chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, I will recommend that the 128 U.S. mayors who are part of the group seek to join in its place.