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Friday, June 29, 2018


Day 58 of the Lower Puna Eruption and the flow continues, 10 million cubic meters/day.  The future of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11, is a huge unknown.  USGS scientist Tina Neal has become a voice of the federal government.


Part two of global warming, the USA and the Middle East most doubt the seriousness of this potential monumental disaster:

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the global climate change agreement.  How does he get away with such an irrational decision?

Well, his supporters mostly cheered this move.  But why?  First, many are Republicans, and scroll down to the next article to read details.  But what about those diehards who are not particularly rich, nor own a lot of fossil fuel stocks?  The struggling town of Cameron, Louisiana, which has recently been decimated by Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, voted 90% for Trump.  Clearly warming will increase the incidence of hurricanes and sea level rise will further inundate the area.  Cameron might be one of the first locations to be submerged.  Current maps show that there could well be a 15-foot rise in 50 years:

Yet, even a science teacher here doubts the science and ridicules Al Gore.  Shrimp fisherman think Trump will protect them from imports.  They hate current laws and policies, rules and regulations.  They haven't yet SEEN sea level rise.  A new liquified gas plant is being built, and they believe the company knows more than those computer-modeling scientists.  Plus, someone in their family likely works in this field blamed for the Greenhouse Effect.  They say they are not Confederate flag-waving drunk idiot racist slaveholders, as media tends to treat the South.

You can go around portions of the country and experience similar views.  Add immigration and international trade, and in Trump they have their champion.  Trump supporters do want to restore the old American way of life, meaning, leave white people alone, and don't favor minorities.  They feel threatened, frustrated and marginalized--not on an economic, but on an existential level.  They don't agree with every idiotic stand he makes, but he does enough to maintain their support.

Donald Trump tweeted climate skepticism 115 times...and that was from an article published on 1 June 2017.  This one is typical:
Newly released emails prove that scientists have manipulated data on global warming. The data is unreliable. 

More and more of Trump's supporters read Skeptical ScienceJust his tweeting on this subject seems to be working.


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