Sunday, June 25, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emmanuel Macron: Let’s Make The Planet Great Again?

As a counter rebuttal to U.S. President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate Deal, could former action star and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron “make the planet great again”? 

By: Ringo Bones 

A lot of the world’s head-of-states and environmental ministers and secretaries might have been dismayed by U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal last month from the historic 2015 Paris Climate Deal – which was signed by 195 countries and ratified by 147 aiming to reduce carbon emissions and contain global warming. Could President Trump’s climate change denial risking the long-term future of our planet? Thankfully, a recent 10-second clip that represents a “new hope” to those dismayed by U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s recent announcement to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Deal runs for full duration with the caption: “With President Macron, a great leader!” It ends with President Macron bringing out his new catchphrase: “We will deliver together to make the planet great again.” 

The good news is, is that the pact made in the recent Sorbonne University meeting could eventually be put to the United Nations for adoption and to impose legally-binding obligations on signatory states, its drafters – comprising legal experts from several countries – have said. Attendees at the Sorbonne include former United Nations chief Ban Ki Moon. It was chaired by the former French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius who also chaired the 2015 conference on climate change. 

Many world leaders are quite agog at President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Deal given his mercantilist background. Since 2014, renewable energy systems like wind turbines and solar photovoltaic and solar thermal electricity generation business are already 3 times as profitable as their coal and crude oil based counterparts and in the United States alone, the renewable energy industry employ 3-times as much workers currently employed in the crude oil extraction and coal mining sector. And many experts predict that automobiles fueled by crude oil sourced fuels could become as rare as 1930s era automobiles still running today by the year 2030.

Monday, April 24, 2017

March For Science: Science Versus Donald J. Trump?

Even though the Earth Day “March for Science” was primarily aimed at the Trump Administration’s suppression of scientific research results, has America’s political and religious persecution of science finally reached a tipping point? 

By: Ringo Bones 

If you asked me, I wish that this year’s March for Science that coincided with this year’s April 22 Earth Day festivities should have been started back in 1996 to mark the moment that America’s radical right-wing Evangelical Christians started interfering scientific results of the National Academy of Science – especially ones that concern women’s health, climate change and environmental pollution. Fat forward to the election of Donald J. Trump into the U.S. presidency thanks to his “rhetoric” proclaiming that climate change is a hoax invented by The People’s Republic of China to help make them sell wind turbines and photovoltaic solar panels, not to mention Trump signing an executive order to undo any Obama Administration era Clean Energy and Security programs, many observant Christians finally reached the point of “Holy Jesus Hitler Christ, enough is enough” to have decided on this year’s Earth Day to march into Washington as a show of unity that Donald J. Trump’s Alternative Facts is no solution to global warming and sea level rise brought about by climate change due to man-made greenhouse gas emissions from industrial activity. 

Similar marches also happened around the world largely inspired by the march on Washington D.C. At a demonstration in Washington D.C., Dr. Jonathan Foley, the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, said that research was being irrationally questioned, adding that attacks from politicians – especially from the U.S. Republican Party – “amounted to oppression”. According to Dr. Foley, skeptical politicians in DC are specifically targeting science that protects our health – especially women’s health – our safety and the environment. “Science that protects the most vulnerable among us”, Foley said. In short, everyone the world over protested on this year’s Earth Day against what they consider to be an “alarming trend” among politicians for discrediting their research.