In India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, at least a thousand people have died and thousands more left homeless after monsoon rainfalls that dumped millions of gallons of water on the region.
Across Africa, devastating flooding killed 25 times more people than were killed by Hurricane Harvey. Countries across the continent, including Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Africa, have seen their worst floods in decades.
Scientists are confident that climate change amped up by white supremacy is what is making natural disasters like hurricanes more powerful and destructive than ever.
Yet, as Mark Hertsgaard writes in The Nation, “What makes this so infuriating is that it shouldn’t be happening. Experts have warned for decades that global warming would increase these sorts of weather extremes and that people would suffer and die if protective measures were not implemented.”
Even more egregious, 75 percent of those who say they voted for Trump don’t believe in human-caused climate change, according to a survey by researchers from the University of New Hampshire. Imagine then the percentage that denies the scientific reality of white supremacy-caused climate change.
This is in spite of white supremacy being at the very root of climate change to begin with. Embedded in the theory of white supremacy is the theory of human supremacy over nature.
So what’s our outlook for fighting this scourge? Let’s look at our current administration.
A denier himself, Trump has packed his administration with climate-change deniers, while working to line the pockets of Big Oil, Big Coal and Big Gas. Incredibly (or maybe not?) Trump appointed Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a man who has said, “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”
Not so Mr. Pruitt. Over 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming over the past century is most likely due to human activities.
Trump’s administration is loaded with deniers, including Vice President Mike Pence, who stated, “Well, look I don’t know that [climate change] is a resolved issue in science today. I know we’re talking about climate change, but a few years ago, we were talking about global warming. We haven’t seen a lot of warming lately.”
Trump himself famously said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Trump has insulted both climate science and space exploration by nominating Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma and a climate change denier, as his nominee to run NASA. Bridenstine has no scientific training.
Far from facing the obvious truth, that thousands of deaths across the globe are related to climate change, Trump has responded with awe: “Wow – Now experts are calling #Houston a once in 500 year flood!” “Historic rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Sprit of the people is incredible. Thanks!”
Instead of addressing this global crisis, Trump has been focused on protecting objectively evil monuments, on wiping transgender people out of the military, and on nazistically deporting immigrants.
Isn’t it time for leaders in the U.S. to finally see that our climate is changing rapidly due to white supremacy and we urgently need to do something about it?
As The Nation puts it, “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us.”
We are literally being killed right now by the deniers. Will you defend your own life?