The Years of Living Stupidly

Number 9 in a series

So this is the situation we’re in right now. In times past we had presidents who were not clued in on science, thought matters of science were negotiable. Some even thought creationism should be taught in public schools. Things are different now. With Donald Trump we have a president who has not only a great appreciation for science, but also appears to know more about it than most scientisst. By his own admission he is a very stable genius.

Anyhow, the ICCP is out with its report on recent studies, and their conclusion is that the planet will reach a tipping point about 2030 if greenhouse gas levels are not brought to heel by then. Luckily our president has the insight and the power to rein in this kind of nonsense. Here is what he had to say in an interview with an reporter for the Associated Press:

I said the worst hurricane was 50 years ago, far worse than what this one was. Then, in 1890, they had one that was even worse. This was No. 3 or 4 or 5. We had worse hurricanes in 1890, we had worse, a worse hurricane 50 years ago. We’ve gone through a period, actually, fairly recently, where we have very few. I live in Florida to a large extent and spend a lot of time in Florida, and we had a period of time where we went years without having any major problem. And then you have a problem and it goes in cycles, and I want absolutely crystal clear water and I want the cleanest air on the planet and our air now is cleaner than it’s ever been. Very important to me. But what I’m not willing to do is sacrifice the economic well-being of our country for something that nobody really knows. And you have scientists on both sides of the issue. And I agree the climate changes, but it goes back and forth, back and forth. So we’ll see.

I mean, you know, I am a person that believes very, very strongly in the environment. I am truly an environmentalist. I know some people might not think of me as that, but I’m an environmentalist. Everything I want and everything I have is clean. Clean is very important — water, air. But I also want jobs for our country. And if we would have, as an example, entered certain agreements with other countries, I actually think that we’re doing it so they could have an economic advantage. Because we would have had a tremendous— we would have been at a tremendous economic disadvantage if we entered into certain agreements.

It is so heartening we now have a president who is concerned with the environment, apparently more concerned than any president has been in the past. And he wants clean. He likes clean. He is, however, level-headed enough to know that we must never sacrifice profit for clean. I am reassured. Maybe  Scott Pruitt can get back his job at the EPA.

The AP reporter followed up by reminding the president about the tipping point. He had a ready, and very stable, response.

No, no. Some say that and some say differently. I mean, you have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.

President Trump’s natural instinct for science is going to be the world’s salvation. I feel it in my bones.

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