Trump is as Wrong on Climate Change as he was on the Coronavirus

It’s a hoax. It’s a democratic ploy. Scientists are exaggerating the risk.

The truth is simple and obvious – Trump underestimated the threat of the coronavirus. Despite recent attempts to persuade Americans that he acted early and aggressively to combat the “invisible enemy”, all of the evidence and all of Trump’s words/tweets betray him.

  • January 22 – “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China.”
  • January 30 – “…we think we’re going to have a very good ending for us… that I can assure you.”
  • February 10 – “…a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat – as the heat comes in. Typically that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases…”
  • February 26 – “So we’re at the low level. As they get better we take them off the list, so that we’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time.”

It’s obvious, he underestimated it. In his defense, he wasn’t the only person that didn’t recognize the seriousness of the threat, but he was the most important person not to recognize it. And now those 12 infected people have multiplied into nearly 1,000,000 in the U.S. alone.

This underestimation of the threat didn’t begin in January. It began earlier in his administration when Rear Adm Timothy Ziemer and the rest of the National Security Council’s global health security team either left or were reassigned. It began when, instead of listening to scientists who said there was a threat that we should take seriously, Trump moved in the other direction.

Sound familiar?

  • November 1, 2011 – “It snowed over 4 inches this past weekend in New York City. It is still October. So much for Global Warming.”
  • November 5, 2012 – “We can’t destroy the competitiveness of our factories in order to prepare for nonexistent global warming.”
  • February 14, 2015 – “Record low temperatures and massive amounts of snow. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING?”
  • November 26, 2018 – “I don’t believe it.” In response to a study that said climate change would harm the U.S. economy.

Today is the 50th celebration of Earth Day and the EPA (which began directly in response to the 1st Earth Day in 1970) has never been weaker. Trump gutted both the finances and the leadership of the organization because, again, he doesn’t recognize the threat. Scientists have been telling him (and everyone else) that there is an invisible enemy at war with our nation and our planet, but he doesn’t recognize that threat and keeps moving in the opposite direction.

It seems that Trump struggles to take invisible enemies seriously, and he is just as wrong on climate change as he was on the coronavirus.

Our only hope is that he learns from his coronavirus mistake and reverses course on how the U.S. responds to the threat of climate change. That, or we find a new leader in November who is able to recognize and respond to invisible enemies before they have destroyed so much.