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Climate Change : So Fake or So Real?

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This election is important for a lot of reasons, but when we consider that the next president will help set the Climate agenda for the next decade, the gravity of the situation is that much more significant.

It has been said that the rift between Conservatives and Liberals has never been greater. While this is true concerning many issues, I see no greater example than that of Climate Change — one side argues about how it should be dealt with, while the other side maintains that Climate Change is a myth. Let’s take a look, suggests Adrian Rivera 

“Climate change is not science. It’s religion.” That is, reliant on faith as opposed to evidence, which is the exact opposite regarding Global Warming. Just ask 97% of Climate Scientists. To listen to these scientists would be adhering to empiricism, to evidence, to fact.

To do anything other than listen to science would be a matter of faith. Faith that the planet is not warming, faith that we aren’t seeing a 6th mass extinction, and faith that we are not the cause of it. You would think that a Southern Baptist who is so fervent in his beliefs would want to protect God’s Green Earth.

You would think a father of two young daughters would want them to an inherit a world that would be able to sustain us through the next century. And you would think that a man with  degrees from both Princeton and Harvard University would be smart enough to listen to 97% of the Scientific community regarding Climate Change. But hey, I guess it must be a Harvard and Princeton thing.

It’s a hoax, a lot of it

“A lot of it is a hoax, I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.” I could just leave this here, as I believe this quote speaks for itself, but let us engage in some good ol’ fashion masochism. This is actually the moderate position of the same man who said that Climate Change was a hoax created by the Chinese. At least now, not all of it is a hoax. Just a lot of it. But this comes from the man who denounces businesses that outsource their jobs when he himself has his clothing line and campaign hats touting the slogan “Make America Great Again” made in China!

It is both maddening and disturbing to know that this man is the likely Republican Nominee. How can people believe in something so fake and deny something so real? In both cases, the evidence is right in front of us — we only have to look past the rhetoric, past the grandstanding, and past today.

This election is important for a lot of reasons, but when we consider that the next president will help set the Climate agenda for the next decade, the gravity of the situation is that much more significant. Will we elect a president that:

  1. simply “followed — not forged — public opinion” on the Keystone XL Pipeline along with almost every other issue.
  2. Acknowledges that “Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet, or
  3. Continues to deny climate change?

The choice is ours, but the effects will be felt by our children, our grandchildren, and every other living thing on this planet. Here’s to hoping we pick correctly!

 

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Adrian Rivera

Adrian Rivera

Adrian Rivera is a native of Mission, Texas. He is an incoming freshmen at Yale University where he will study History, Global Affairs, or Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Adrian was a Yale Young Global Scholar for 2014 and 2015 where he won the Director's Award in the International Affairs and Security Session. He enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music.