Trump stance on climate is a disqualifier


One of the many deceits Donald Trump was caught in Monday night involved his stance on climate change, and it highlights a contrast between the two presidential candidates that can't be emphasized enough.

Early in Monday night's debate, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton contrasted her pro-green energy stance with that of her Republican opponent, observing that "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real." Mr. Trump interrupted to proclaim "I did not. I did not. I do not say that."

In fact, in a tweet sent on November 6, 2012, Mr. Trump asserted that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." The Republican Party has made climate-change denial an ideological litmus test, and with the scientific jury no longer out on the reality of human-caused global warming, the party, including its standard-bearer, have become the equivalent of flat-earthers.

President Obama last week issued a memorandum explaining how the federal government will address climate change as a national security issue. It pointed out that the heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and coastal erosion caused by rising air and water temperatures will lead to food, water and energy shortages and political instability. The president has aggressively addressed global warming and a President Clinton will continue those efforts.

Donald Trump will not continue those efforts, and will assuredly attempt to reverse the progress that has been made. Millennials still disappointed that Senator Bernie Sanders didn't win the Democratic nomination and pondering throwing their votes away on third party candidates should consider the health of the world they will be living in for several decades to come. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to fight the ravages of climate change that are already well underway.


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