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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

To continue my analysis of the incoming Trump Administration and their potential proclivities, I noticed that all of the key cabinet nominees are white and male.  There are three females:
  • Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation, but wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
  • Linda McMahon, Small Business Administrator, co-founder of The World Wrestling Entertainment...oh, she gave $6 million to a Trump super PAC just in August and September alone.
  • Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, wife of Amway founder's son, Dick DeVos...oh, they gave $2.9 million to GOP candidates and causes last year.
Where are Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christy and Newt Gingrich?  Apparently, none of them will play a prominent role.  

A year ago, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was quoted to say:  Trump represents everything a governor doesn't want in a president.  She supported Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz during the primaries.  She criticized Trump for not releasing his tax returns, and he insulted her in a responsive tweet.  

The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!

She slammed him for his embarrassing Muslim travel ban.  She has no foreign policy experience.  She was born Nimrata Randhawa to a Sikh family from India.  At the age of 5 her parents entered her in the Little Miss Bamberg (her then hometown in South Carolina) Pageant, where black and white queens get chosen.  She was disqualified for being neither.  She has a B.S. degree in accounting from Clemson (Beat Bama!).  Hillary Clinton inspired her to run for office.  Trump donated huge sums to her gubernatorial runs.  As best as I can determine, she did not give a cent to Trump.  I searched and searched and searched...and could not find even one photo of them together.  So Donald Trump selected her for United Nations Ambassador.

Finally on global climate change and air pollution (both, mostly the result of vehicular and power plant coal emissions), Donald Trump has high on his list of priorities the scrapping of Barack Obama's Green Rules through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Trump had a top climate change skeptic, Myron Ebell, lead the EPA Transition Team, then selected Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general, whose solemn task was suing the EPA on global warming.

Further, Trump promised to bring back coal mining jobs and open closed mines.  No question American global warming policy will shift to negative, but air pollution, too, is serious stuff.  Seven million people/year die from the air they breathe.  The cost of these deaths, according to the World Bank, amounts to $225 billion/year.  When I returned from my 65-day around the world trip a little more than a year ago, I don't recall ever seeing stars.  That was because of air pollution, and coal was a prime reason. 

Click on this to view the world Air Quality Index (AQI) for today.   That one red reading in the USA is in Alabama.  Beat Bama!  Places like most of populated China, India, and even Mexico City show values approaching 1000!!!
AQIAir Pollution
Level
Health Implications
0–50ExcellentNo health implications.
51–100GoodFew hypersensitive individuals should reduce outdoor exercise.
101–150Lightly PollutedSlight irritations may occur, individuals with breathing or heart problems should reduce outdoor exercise.
151–200Moderately PollutedSlight irritations may occur, individuals with breathing or heart problems should reduce outdoor exercise.
201–300Heavily PollutedHealthy people will be noticeably affected. People with breathing or heart problems will experience reduced endurance in activities. These individuals and elders should remain indoors and restrict activities.
300+Severely Polluted
On a previous world journey, I stayed only for a couple of days in Beijing and began coughing.  It took me a couple of months to return to normal.  Here is the view from my room  when the AQI was "only" 292 in this city.  That's the Sun, not the Moon.  Today:  611!  Not the area code.  That is the AQI for Beijing.

And Donald Trump will ease restrictions to allow for more coal combustion?  This will only bring the USA to those maroon and red levels, and, too, justify the burning of more coal to worsen conditions around the world.  Already, 90% of the world population lives in areas with unsafe air-pollution.  Move to Hawaii, for Honolulu is at 65 today.  Then again, we have, now and then, severe volcanic haze, perhaps originally triggered by my thunderous golf club when I mostly struck Planet Earth at the Volcano Golf Club exactly 34 years ago--January 3, 1983.

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