I wrote this several months ago and what I saw then, I feel even more strongly about now. When I look at Puerto Rico, or the recent false alarm in Hawaii what I see is not isolated events but two warnings closely connected in a greater whole. The crumbling infrastructure of the United States has left the country ill-prepared to deal with climate change.
In the past year alone we have endured damages totaling $306 billion, and this is just the beginning. Because administrations both Republican and Democratic for over two generation have rested on the laurels of Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower and failed in their responsibilities, we are woefully unprepared for what is coming. And now we have an administration led by corrupt incompetents who don’t even think climate change exists. I am afraid things are going to get very nasty.
According to the Pew Research Center nearly half of American adults say “climate change is due to human activity.” A similar percentage say Earth’s warming is entirely natural or that there is no evidence of warming.1 It is part of the Great Schism Trend, about which I have written in these pages many times.
Belief in climate change very strongly correlates with political beliefs. As Pew says, “On all of these matters there are wide differences along political lines with conservative Republicans much less inclined to anticipate negative effects from climate change or to judge proposed solutions as not likely to make much difference in mitigating any effects. Half or more liberal Democrats, by contrast, see negative effects from climate change as very likely and believe an array of policy solutions can make a big difference.”2 And that is the way the argument usually plays out.
Donald Trump on November 2, 2012 tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
On October 19, 2015, he then tweeted: “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use