Dear Donald Trump, Cohorts And Supporters, Most Americans would like to be fair minded by giving the President-elect time to prove that his administration will represent fairly, all the peoples and would never consider doing anything to hurt his hard working supporters, but they can’t afford this luxury. Unfortunately, it has been made clear that the president-elect intends to continue to deny the existence of climate change by the appointment of a hard line climate change deniers to head the EPA.
Those who voted for Donald Trump have children also. The working American recognizes that a cleaner environment with clean waters to fish and swim in along with clean air so that their children do not breath in toxins is a plus for everyone. DUMBING down the science of climate change and the dismantling of the EPA is a benefit for oil companies, but NOT for the very peoples Mr. Trump promised, never to harm. Please don’t use the red herring of better paying jobs, as that is backwards thinking when an equal number of good paying jobs could be created by making products consistent with clean energy.
Dear Republican climate change deniers, the following case is an excellent example of what can happen across the country, when republicans choose to weaken governmental agencies like the EPA (Energy Protection Agency) and give lip service about caring for all its peoples.
Remember what happened in the republican led state of Michigan to its city of Flint having to contend with drinking and bathing in lead contaminated waters from 2014-2016. There are still pipes which need to be replaced as well as other residual issues requiring attention.
I have footnoted below the complete 4/20/16 NPR report, “Lead-Laced Water In Flint: A Step-By-Step Look At The Makings Of A Crisis,” by Merrit Kennedy. Here are excerpts:
April of 2014
“Officials did not immediately treat (with necessary chemicals) the Flint River water to ensure it didn’t cause corrosion in the pipes — instead, they took what Michigan Radio characterized as a wait-and-see” approach.”
October of 2014
General Motors says it will stop using Flint River water, fearing corrosion in its machines. “Because of all the metal … you don’t want the higher chlorine water (to result in) corrosion,” GM spokesman Tom Wickham tells MLive. “We noticed it some time ago (and) the discussions have been going on for some time.”
(After a full year of Flint reporting on problems with water usage), “the EPA says it was notified by the MDEQ (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) on or about April 24 “that the City did not have corrosion control treatment in place at the Flint Water Treatment Plant.”
March of 2016
“Supporting its preliminary conclusion, the task force charged with investigating the causes of the Flint water crisis says in its final report that the MDEQ bears primary responsibility.”
“Task force member Chris Kolb tells reporters:
“From a regulatory standpoint, to a protection of human health and the environment standpoint, they missed the boat completely. And it is extremely troublesome to me that an agency whose primary role, once again, is to protect human health and the environment came to these decisions, and they never backed off these decisions, no matter how many red flags they saw.”
“Others are also to blame, the report says, including the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, the city’s emergency managers and the governor.”
Thomas Friedman tackles the subject of Donald Trump and his denial of climate change in his 11/16/16 NY Times Op-Ed piece, “Donald Trump, Help Heal the Planet’s Climate Change Problem:”
“When you visit the Pentagon, ask the generals about climate change. Here’s what they’ll tell you: A majority of immigrants flooding Europe today are not coming from Syria or Iraq. Three-quarters are from arid zones in central Africa, where the combination of climate change and runaway population growth are making small-scale farming unsustainable./Last April, as part of a National Geographic Channel documentary, I followed a group of these refugees from Senegal through Niger on their way to Libya and Europe. Thousands make this trek every month. The same thing will happen in our hemisphere — and no wall will keep them back. You can’t ignore climate change and think you have an immigration policy.”
“At the same time, please understand, if you appoint a climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency and walk America away from the Paris accord, which committed 190 countries to reduce their emissions of the carbon dioxide pollutants that warm the planet, you will trigger a ferocious reaction by young people in America and across Europe. The backlash in Europe will totally undermine your ability to lead the Western alliance.”
“And as the climate physicist Joe Romm put it to me, do you really want to risk “going down in history as the man who killed the world’s last, best chance to avoid catastrophic warming?”
“There is a better way. You can frame the entire shift in your position in terms of free-market economics.”
“Hal Harvey, who advises major companies on climate and energy policy, notes that thanks to technological advances, “the cost of solar energy has dropped more than 80 percent since 2008, wind costs dropped more than 50 percent since 2008, battery costs dropped more than 70 percent since 2008, and LED lighting costs dropped more than 90 percent since 2008. As a result, a clean future now costs less than a dirty one.”
“Today, from California to Mexico to the Middle East, solar and wind prices are as low as 3 cents a kilowatt-hour. Added Harvey: “That compares to about 6 cents for a new natural gas power plant, anddouble that for new coal. And remember: Commodity costs — coal, oil, gas — fluctuate, but technology costs — wind, solar, LEDs — follow irreversible trends downward, and so when a new technology crosses the cost line with an old commodity, it’s goodbye to the old commodity for good.”
“Have you seen the pictures from New Delhi and Beijing lately? People there can’t breathe, owing to the pollution from burning crops and fossil fuels. So what are the Indians doing? They’re curbing the burning of crops, the use of diesel cars, and they just shut down the coal-based Badarpur power plant. They have to find alternatives to fossil fuels. So they’re investing heavily in clean tech.”
‘Is your strategy to keep America addicted to coal and scuttle our lead in clean tech — which is destined to become the next great global export industry and is already spawning good blue-collar jobs — so we can import clean energy systems from India and China?”
“Mr. Trump, you won Florida, but do you know who lost there besides Hillary? Old-line utilities. They spent over $20 million pushing a referendum intended to curb the growth of solar energy in the state.”
“So Floridians said “yes” to Trump and “yes” to solar energy and “no” to those who wanted to stop both. There is a message in that bottle for you.”
Lead-Laced Water In Flint: A Step-By-Step Look At The Makings – NPR www.npr.org/…/lead–laced–water-in-flint-a-step-by-step–look-at-the-makings-of-a-crisis…Apr 20, 2016 –… Merrit Kennedy …