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Brian



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:35 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote
Self interest comes to the absolute fore as Donald Trump prepares to axe agreements and laws that have been signed by Barack Obama's administration including the Paris accord.
For a free market capitalist like Trump it comes as no surprise, and only if Trump Tower was flooded by rising seas would he sit up and take notice of climate change and its impact.
However just like he found out to his political cost over trying to abolish "Obama Care" it is one thing to sign a piece of paper, and another to try and get that policy implemented.
Lets hope Congress and the legal profession give Trump and his fossil fuel backers short shrift yet again.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
With the news of the huge damage to the coral in the great barrier reef off the coast of Australia, due to warming seas yesterday.
Today the RSPB and other environmental groups warn of the steep decline of bird species in the UK, and 67 additional entries to the "red list" of birds facing extinction.
This is extremely worrying as birds such as the curlew have previously sustained good numbers, while the puffin is retreating further north again due to warming seas.
The lapwing another bird that used to be seen in good numbers in the countryside is also in decline, I noticed this even in Scotland.
There are good reports for increased numbers in the golden eagle and red kite populations, but this is down to major conservation work over a number of years.
The RSPB give sound advice on rewilding in parts of even urban gardens that can help sustain bird populations and other wildlife.
However with the obsession of free trade and pursuit of profit by any means in vogue by current politicians and governments, and a climate change denier in the White House who is ready to reinvest in fossil fuels.
It does not bode well for our wildlife, which we as humans are the custodians of, which makes it imperative that we as individuals need to, in our own way assist in their welfare as much as we can.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The announcement by Donald Trump that the US will quit the Paris Agreement on climate change and international decision to control emissions below 2%.
Is obviously a bitter blow, the second biggest polluter on the planet now puts the onus on the rest of the international community to make up that shortfall.
This is by Trump a bare faced act of beggar thy neighbour, and is especially a slap in the face to countries that are already seeing the impact of a warming planet, and seas rising.
It also shows yet again the ignorance of the Trump administration and lack of understanding of the economics of renewable energy and its growing economy.
Sitting with oil, coal and gas magnates and making deals might be the world of Donald Trump, but it is not the real world that the vast majority of world citizens live in.
Nor is it thankfully the world that many Americans wish to live in either, and i'm sure that states like California will fight this decision.
Donald Trump apparently felt very uncomfortable on his European G7 tour, and was ironically given a lecture from the Pope on the dangers of global warming and climate change.
It is going to get a lot more uncomfortable for him now and in the future, already countries who should be friends to the US are criticising this announcement, even including the UK.
If Trump and his administration had any vision for states like Pennsylvania or West Virginia, they would actually invest in renewable energy manufacturing to replace the coal mining industry, that realistically can never return to its past.
Instead Trump and his team act like executives from the 1940s and 50s, is this what Americans really voted for?



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Lame duck Leader of the Free World...


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