Donald Trump (r) announced today that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) released the following statement:
Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement Regarding Paris Climate Agreement
Jun 1, 2017 Press Release
(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.
“A withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is short-sighted and a dangerous nod to the National Flat Earth Agency and others who refuse to accept the science that has been embraced by every nation on the planet except war-torn Syria and dictator-driven Nicaragua.
Staying in the Paris Climate Agreement is an opportunity for the U.S. to reaffirm its global leadership and the best way to hold India, China, and other nations accountable on taking real actions to combat pollution. Regardless of what President Trump does, American cities, states, and businesses are embracing real climate solutions and providing new U.S. innovations and jobs.
Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement will not stop the global momentum towards a clean energy economy, it will only put America at an economic disadvantage. The U.S. would be leaving the 200 other nations in the Agreement to join the only two countries in the world who have not signed – Syria and Nicaragua. This is not the diplomatic, economic, or moral position we want. Tragically, this presidential decision is an act of inexperienced ignorance.”
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, (MO-05)
“…Tragically, this presidential decision is an act of inexperienced ignorance.”
That’s being charitable.
Kansas City’s contribution to today’s climate marches across the nation took place this afternoon on the Plaza with a march around the Plaza in the deluge of rain and a rally with a number of speakers inside Unity Temple. At noon over 200 individuals marched through the Plaza. The rally that followed inside Unity Temple started at 1:00 p.m. and ran for over two hours. Over one thousand people attended the rally.
In the rain:
The master of ceremonies for the rally:
On labor and the Fight for $15:
Poetry on privilege:
Yes, they are.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Sesame Street is too complicated (November 18, 2014)
Uh, there’s a difference between weather and climate. [….]
A lot of people noticed:
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
How does the obvious stupidity of this not embarrass people? RT @RepHartzler Global warming strikes America! Brrrr! 7:48 AM – 18 Nov 2014
And a sample of the comments in reply to Representative Hartzler (r):
.@RepHartzler <— Another elected official who doesn’t understand the difference between weather and climate.#science 7:22 AM – 18 Nov 2014
.@RepHartzler .@BuzzFeedAndrew you do realize that global warming is more than the temp in your corner of the US? Global temps keep rising 7:25 AM – 18 Nov 2014
@RepHartzler Your lack of knowledge is an embarrassment in an elected official. 7:27 AM – 18 Nov 2014
These morons are at it again. – RT @RepHartzler: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr! 7:27 AM – 18 Nov 2014
.@RepHartzler global warming isn’t real because it is cold where you are right now * sigh * @BuzzFeedAndrew 7:27 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Eve Zhurbinskiy @gillibranded
Funny how I’m in DC too but yet possess the knowledge that it’s cold in late fall RT “@RepHartzler: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!” 7:27 AM – 18 Nov 2014
.@RepHartzler Aww, are you upset that Joni has stolen your crazy-thunder and are trying to one up her on the batshit scale? Keep trying. 7:27 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Weather Moose @WXMoose
@bart_smith @RepHartzler hey how about we stop using short-term, regional synoptic events for arguments for/against climate change 7:28 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Daniel Aubry @Aubs89
@RepHartzler pray for brains dear. 7:29 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Adam Brown @AdamTilted
Let me guess, you’re “not a scientist.” “@RepHartzler: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!” 7:29 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Adam Weinstein @AdamWeinstein
You wouldn’t know “global” even if it threatened to get gay-married on your lawn RT @RepHartzler: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr! 7:30 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Turkey Slaying Curt @Curt_Ames
@RepHartzler @toxicpath In other news, the American educational system continues to produce vapid, smugly ignorant citizens. 7:39 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Financial Ownalyst @Cyrus_T_Virus
I am horrified by the notion that you make decisions that affect my well-being RT @RepHartzler: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr! 7:40 AM – 18 Nov 2014
Christy Kilgore @ckilgore
@RepHartzler You know science doesn’t work like that, right? 7:41 AM – 18 Nov 2014
michael hoffman @chelicerata
Like people complaining the Sun is gone at night. RT @RepHartzler: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr! 7:41 AM – 18 Nov 2014
And that’s some of the printable responses.
In the Washington Post:
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler wonders why it’s so cold if global warming exists. Here’s the answer.
By Philip Bump November 18 at 1:42 PM
It is that time of year when the weather gets cold – even unexpectedly cold – and online humorists and armchair scientists rise up as one to ask a question: “What happened to ‘global warming’???” It’s a good gag, see, because it’s cold and global warming implies that it will be warm. If you don’t get it, please e-mail me and I will explain further.
There are two options for what Hartzler, a Republican who represents Missouri’s 4th District, hopes to accomplish here. The first is that she’s making a joke about a serious environmental issue that has scientists around the world concerned about how mankind will fare under warmer conditions. We assume a member of Congress wouldn’t make such a joke.
But heat is just one effect, according to the climate report mentioned above.
Direct effects will include increased heat stress, flooding, drought, and late spring freezes. Climate change also alters pests and disease prevalence, competition from non-native or opportunistic native species, ecosystem disturbances, land-use change, landscape fragmentation, atmospheric and watershed pollutants, and economic shocks such as crop failures, reduced yields, or toxic blooms of algae due to extreme weather events.
That’s what the Midwest can expect.
The people in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District know what they can expect.
Yes, it’s been snowing.
Yesterday, via Twitter:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Well, it looks like we won’t get in the fields again this week due to more rain….and snow!? This global warming is crazy! 3:09 PM – 2 May 13
We know the planet is warming by reviewing the historical record of temperatures taken around the world, in the oceans and even by satellite….
While some skeptics may point out minor downturns in temperature or extra cold storms as proof that warming is not occurring, the long term trend is clear.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a report in July of 2010 that looked at 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding, the evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable.
The NOAA report emphasized that humans have developed for thousands of years under one climatic state and now a new set of climatic conditions are taking shape which are consistently warmer with some areas likely to see more extreme events like severe drought, torrential rain and violent storms….
In addition, 34 national science academies around the world have made formal declarations since 2001 confirming global warming and urging reduction of greenhouse gases.
Science, it’s not for public policy anymore.