Since taking office, Donald Trump seems to have taken great pride in showing how truly ignorant he really is. With data skewed to meet the needs of his twisted agenda, Trump boldly addressed climate change as if he knew what he was talking about. Among the many problems with everything he said? Trump didn’t know what he was talking about.
Right down to proclaiming that he was “. . .elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” as if the Paris Agreement doesn’t include protections for the citizens of Pittsburgh, Trump resigned the United States’ position as a world leader and solidified the country’s alienation from many long-time allies. This was within his first six months of taking office.
Since Trump denied the importance of addressing climate change, the nation has braced itself for back-to-back natural disasters that have wreaked havoc across the south. Many experts say these storms are a direct result of global warming, climate change, and lack of being good stewards of the Earth’s resources.
Now a top D.C. Republican lawmaker is breaking ranks with the Trump administration and getting behind the need to take action regarding the environment. John McCain (R-AZ) has been doing an impressive job of putting people over his party here of late. Whether it’s a sudden burst of conscience, his disdain for Donald Trump, or some other reason, McCain’s, “McCaining,” has people falling in love with the manner in which he has reinvented himself.
McCain went on State Of the Union to discuss climate change with Jake Tapper. When asked why Republicans have established a pattern of denying the connection between climate change and natural disasters, McCain said:
‘I don’t know [why Republicans deny the connection], because I can’t define their motives, but I know this: There is things happening with the climate in the world that is unprecedented.’
With regard to his thoughts as to what needs to happen, McCain argued:
‘We need to have nuclear power as part of the answer; it’s the cleanest/cheapest source of power. My friends in the environmental community refuse to make that part of the equation. I’m not saying it is the quick way, I’m saying it’s gotta be part of it.’
He also added:
‘We have to understand that the climate may be changing. We can take common sense measures which will not harm the American people and our economy. In fact, solar and other technologies make it cheaper.’
Whether he doesn’t plan to seek re-election or is sincerely passionate about the issues that he has chosen to use to so vocally use to separate himself from the Trump administration and Republican party, John McCain’s willingness to take a stand is needed and appreciated.
McCain’s full interview with Jake Tapper:
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