Trump is nuts . . . he falls for every wacky conspiracy theory

Guests on Anderson Cooper 360 resorted to asking the audience to google facts after tenuous claims by a supporter of Donald Trump.

Stephen Moore was the senior economic advisor to the Trump campaign. When Moore attempted to brand the Paris Agreement as requiring a shift towards more expensive energy, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm called upon audience members to fact check the claim.

“Solar is less expensive. Google it! Google it! solar and wind is less expensive than coal,” Granholm corrected.

As the guests debated why President Trump would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, guest Paul Begala suggested that President Trump’s mental fitness played a role in the decision.

“He’s a sucker for crackpot theories,” Begala suggested. “This is a man who believes exercise shortens your life, he believes that!”

Begala suggested the President’s climate change denial is a worrying sign.

“He’s nuts and he has seized on to this crackpot fringe theory that somehow global warming is a hoax,” Begala concluded.

Trump will destroy the US out of sheer spite . . . he is evil through and through

Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement has drawn near-universal opprobrium from leaders across the globe. In perhaps the most forceful rebuke of the United States thus far, French president Emmanuel Macron addressed the world in English Thursday, urging American scientists to come to France where their talents can better serve humanity. For the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, Trump’s withdrawal from a climate pact signed by 195 countries is even more blinkered, malicious and cynical than it might first appear.

In his Friday column, Krugman debunks the president’s claim that the Agreement is a hindrance to the U.S. economy. The country’s energy future is not in the coal industry, which has been in steep decline for decades and is now beyond revival, but in nonpolluting sources like wind turbines and solar panels. The transition would take time and likely require the construction of a massive power grid to transport electricity across the country, as well as dynamic pricing to incentivize customers to consume less energy, he argues, but its effect on our day-to-day existence would be virtually nil.

“What would life in an economy that made such an energy transition be like?” Krugman asks. “Almost indistinguishable from life in the economy we have now.”

In fact, there’s every reason to believe that adopting clean energy would save the country money by dramatically reducing the health costs associated with air pollution, to say nothing of potentially preserving human life on Earth. Environmentalists unanimously urged the president to honor the Paris Agreement, however toothless its regulations have proven; even major corporations like ExxonMobil, Shell and Wal-Mart wanted him to stick with it.

So what compelled Trump to act so recklessly?

The answer, incredibly, appears to be “sheer spite”—aimed at Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord, and the entire liberal establishment that supports it.

“If all this sounds too petty and vindictive to be the basis for momentous policy decisions, consider the character of the man in the White House,” Krugman concludes. “Need I say more?”


Read Paul Krugman’s column at the New York TImes.

Trump’s New York golf course is another of his failures . . . losing business

When Donald Trump was still just that “asshole running for president” and not our embarrassment in chief, people began to point out how most of his businesses were just the result of a rigged real estate system. Like many one percenters’ achievements, these deals promoted corruption over merit and left the taxpayers fronting the bill. A prime example is Donald Trump’s Golf Links course at Ferry Point in New York City.

Contrary to statements made by the Trump campaign during the Republican convention, the city, not Mr. Trump, built the golf course at Ferry Point, for $127 million. Four years ago, in a deal finalized under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration, the Trump Organization came on board to operate the course, assume the expense of upkeep and build a $10 million clubhouse, yet to be erected. Nevertheless, the greenway, maintained to luxurious standard, has the effect of abrading principle away. […]

The structure of the deal the city forged with the Trump Organization at Ferry Point does not require it to remit licensing fees to the city until 2019, at which point the company will pay 7 percent of gross revenue (or $300,000, the cost of a well-appointed summer rental in Southampton, whichever is higher). In its first year of operation, according to the city, revenue totaled $8 million, meaning that if fees had been collected, the city would have received $560,000 — $175,000 short of what, in its contract with the Trump Organization, it projected it could make during the first year. Leaving that aside, even if the city were bringing in one million or even two million dollars annually from the partnership, we would still be looking well into the second term of a Barron Trump — or Barron Trump Jr. — presidency before the city would be getting back much of the $127 million of taxpayer money it spent to create the course in the first place.

Well, any hopes of getting back some of that money sooner than later, like everything Trump touches, has turned into soot. Over the past 12 months, according to the Washington Post, the course has reported a 12 percent decrease in revenue.

That drop in business at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx was revealed in documents that the Trump Organization filed with the city of New York. The city owns the course, built on an old garbage dump, but Trump’s business has a 20-year contract to operate it and will pocket nearly all of its revenue.

The documents on the course were obtained through a public-records request by NYC Park Advocates. The nonprofit group then provided them to The Washington Post.

According to the documents The Post obtained, less golfers are golfing there, less “banquets” are being held there, less snacks are being eaten at the snack bar. Like most things Trump, it’s all expensive with no substance.

For New Yorkers, an 18-hole round of daytime weekend golf there starts at $175 — more than three times the price at the city’s other public courses, where weekend rates range from $20 to $51.

You’re paying for the brand and the brand isn’t worth the garbage it’s built on.

This has nothing to do with facts, science, the future . . . it’s all about hate and spite

As Donald Trump does his best to destroy the world’s hopes of reining in climate change, let’s be clear about one thing: This has nothing to do with serving America’s national interest. The U.S. economy, in particular, would do just fine under the Paris accord. This isn’t about nationalism; mainly, it’s about sheer spite.

Beyond this, much of today’s right seems driven above all by animus toward liberals rather than specific issues. If liberals are for it, they’re against it. If liberals hate it, it’s good. Add to this the anti-intellectualism of the G.O.P. base, for whom scientific consensus on an issue is a minus, not a plus, with extra bonus points for undermining anything associated with President Barack Obama.

More at the link:

MIT scientists say Trump is too stupid to understand the results of their research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials said U.S. President Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Trump announced during a speech at the White House Rose Garden that he had decided to pull out of the landmark climate deal, in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

“Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100,” Trump said.

“Tiny, tiny amount.”

That claim was attributed to research conducted by MIT, according to White House documents seen by Reuters. The Cambridge, Massaschusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled “How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?” showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100.

“We certainly do not support the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris agreement,” said Erwan Monier, a lead researcher at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and one of the study’s authors.

“If we don’t do anything, we might shoot over 5 degrees or more and that would be catastrophic,” said John Reilly, the co-director of the program, adding that MIT’s scientists had had no contact with the White House and were not offered a chance to explain their work.

The Paris accord, reached by nearly 200 countries in 2015, was meant to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less by 2100, mainly through country pledges to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Under the pact, the United States – the world’s second biggest carbon emitter behind China – had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

A senior administration official defended Trump’s use of the findings. “It’s not just MIT. I think there is a consensus, not only in the environmental community, but elsewhere that the Paris agreement in and of itself will have a negligible impact on climate,” the official told reporters at a briefing.

The dispute is the latest round of a years-long battle between scientists and politicians over how to interpret facts about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the global climate, and translate them into policy.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the science of climate change and once called it a hoax perpetrated by China to weaken U.S. business.

Trump moves the US backwards toward the 19th Century

Today Trump announced the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords.

Only two other nations are not signatories to the Accord:  Syria and Nicaragua.  Trump certainly has put us in fine company.

His decision was based on lies, misrepresentations and phony “science” promoted by Steve Bannon.

His decision is unanimously laughed at by European leaders.

Trump has ceded world leadership to Europe.

Meanwhile, there’s this:  In 30 years, the grounds of Mar-a-Lago could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year because of tidal flooding along the Intracoastal Waterway, with the water rising past some of the cottages and bungalows, the analysis by Coastal Risk Consulting found.  

This is what the future looks like:

  • The central governments of Germany and Japan will push ahead with green technology.
  • When they perfect it, they will sell it to the Indians and the Chinese who will bring it to scale, make it reliable, and make it inexpensive.
  • At that point America will have to buy green technology at a premium.
  •  The failing middle class in America who thought coal jobs and other bygone industry would boost their living standards won’t be able to afford it and will be left to their own devices to compete in what Trump calls this “evil globalized economy.”

This is pretty much what happened in the ’70s. The U.S. jumped out to an early lead in solar. Then Reagan became president went all in on oil, just as Trump has again.  Americans who travel to Europe and Asia are shocked at how far behind we are in telecom, public transit and other infrastructure. They ain’t seen nothing yet.

As for Trump — more solar and wind power jobs were created in the U.S. this past year than the entire total of coal miner jobs.

Trump’s decision is not about jobs. It’s about spite.  It’s about the fact that he was embarrassed by European leaders for his ignorance, his bullying, and his general incompetence.