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Major issues have dominated the news cycles for the last six months. The Trump Virus aka Covid-19 has been front and center and for good reason. Everyone has been negatively affected by it, even those who haven’t yet contracted it yet. It has changed the way we go about our daily lives, kept us from seeing family and friends and limited travel. It has caused many to change vacation plans, wedding plans, reunion plans. It has affected the education of our children. It took away one of our favorite diversions, sports, which is still struggling to recover. Because the Trump administration was so slow to react, we will be impacted by the virus for years to come. We have reached the point where almost every American knows someone personally who has contracted the Trump virus.

Then the killing of George Floyd happened. It was such a horrific event that it was not only able to break through the Trump virus news but set of waves of protests against racism in this country. The public has become more aware of not just unacceptable acts of racism but of the way systemic racism is entrenched in our society, how discrimination against people of color is written into our very laws.

And the economy has been part of the current news cycle because of the effect of the Trump virus. Millions have lost their jobs. Millions have been unable to pay their rent. While the Federal Government has provided a temporary fix for the rent issue by not allowing evictions. It is a temporary fix at best designed to hide just how devastating this recession until after the November election. Bread lines reminiscent of the 1929 Great Depression have sprung up. The economy was a house of cars, propped up by unsustainable policies before the Trump virus hit. Republicans have been struggling even to agree among themselves on a plan to help Americans survive through the pandemic.

What has been largely ignored by these news items in 2020 is that global warming continues. From the British Independent “Despite the warnings, we’re heading into a climate catastrophe utterly ill-prepared. Remind you of anything? The government has now been told it must prepare for a terrifying 4-degree centigrade rise in global temperatures – the point at which organized society will start to break down.” Past computer models have predicted the effects of global warming and have proved to be very accurate. What is disconcerting is that the models have been a little too conservative. The actual effects are close to the predicted worst-case scenario. Science Daily reports that parts of the Pacific Ocean could lose up to 80% of marine species, a critical source of food for many people. From USA Today “The report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes a cycle in which the problems of land degradation and climate change exacerbate each other to make land and climate less livable. The cycle is accelerating, NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a report co-author, told The Associated Press. The threat of climate change affecting people’s food on their dinner table is increasing.” We are still early in the hurricane season. The recent hurricane Isaias is the 9th named hurricane this year. From Weather.com “So we’re on a record early hurricane season pace for named storms, or about 9 weeks ahead of an average season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As we have seen from the Trump pandemic, the current administration is incapable of responding to a crisis. We simply cannot expect this administration to be responsible to address climate change. They don’t even recognize it is real. On December 6, 2013 Trump said “Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total and very expensive hoax!” Remember he called the current pandemic a hoax too. The only way to keep the world safe from global warming is to vote Trump out of office.

-Dick Gale

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