President Donald Trump signed an executive order dismissing the Obama-era attempts at minimizing coal. Coal miners were thrilled, but the reality is that machines will replace people. If allowed to occur, in time, which could take a decade or more, certain regions in our country will begin to return to those awful days when we worried about acid rain and serious smog. This attitude could also catalyze international disregard for reducing global warming, perhaps even leading to THE VENUS SYNDROME.
I noticed on my train rides around Japan on this trip that there was a prevailing haze not unlike those days in Honolulu when the volcano fumes wafted over the city. Here is the Air Pollution Index of the Orient on April 1:
The matter of our environment could well become the long-term issue that undermines continued Republican leadership in both Houses of Congress and the White House. What if our coal consumption returns?
President Trump is so proud of this presidential victory:
Red represents Republican majority. But on the Air Pollution Index, do we want to become:
2008 U.S. presidential election results by county. But I was merely looking for any kind of USA with a lot of red into purple, which is even worse.
Patrick Chappatte of The New York Times had an appropriate cartoon for this blog:
The AQI's today for my future visits are:
- Bangkok 95 (hmmm, what happened to the 31 of yesterday?)
- Hong Kong 108
- Seoul 70
- Munich 30
- DC 25
- San Francisco 50
- Honolulu 17
- Osaka will not be terrific
- same for Nagoya
- nothing for Karuizawa, Matsumoto and Sendai