Trump Tells World He’s “Not Willing” To Work On Climate Change

Trump Tells World He’s “Not Willing” To Work On Climate Change

by Alannah

During the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Donald Trump told world leaders that he wasn’t going to do anything about the growing threat of climate change, and he offered two reasons why: The first is because he doesn’t want to hurt corporate profits, and the second is because he says that our air and water is cleaner than ever. Those are absolute lies, and the rest of the world knew it. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
 
Link – https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/29/im-not-willing-do-trump-says-he-wont-take-climate-action-because-it-would-threaten

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

On Saturday while taking a break from the G20 Summit in Japan. Donald Trump spoke to reporters where he explained why he was trying to convince other world leaders that we don’t really need to address the issue of climate change. We don’t need to do anything about it. Here’s what Donald Trump had to say. He lays out his two reasons for why the U s doesn’t really care about climate change. Here’s what he says. I’m not looking to create a standard that is so high that we’re going to lose 20 to 25% of our production. I’m not willing to do that. We have the cleanest water we’ve ever had. We have the cleanest air. You saw the reports come out recently. We have the cleanest air we’ve ever had, but I’m not willing to sacrifice the tremendous power of what we’ve built up over a long period of time and what I’ve enhanced and revived.
So reason number one, that Trump says we’re not going to address climate change, which again, he spoke to a world audience and told other world leaders, this is, hey, I know I don’t. I don’t want to hurt our businesses, right? I mean, hey, those coal companies, they need to make money, even if it comes at the expense of human life, let them do it. Same thing with oil companies, any fossil fuel company, but hey, it doesn’t matter what they do, right? Because those reports you just saw say that we’ve got the cleanest air and cleanest water that we have ever had in the history of the United States, which is a physical impossibility, not, uh, not only is it a physical and possibility, it’s also a statistical impossibility because it’s simply not true. First and foremost, the air today could not possibly be cleaner than it was, say in 1780.
Right? I mean, everybody understands that, right? That that’s not physically possible. So when I say it’s a physical impossibility, that’s what I am referring to. But let’s talk about the numbers, right? Let’s talk about the fact that the United States in a, at least smog quality ranks. Uh, what is it, 123 out of 195 countries, we’re towards the back half of that list folks. And smog in the United States is killing 24,000 people every single year. And that’s what Donald Trump calls the cleanest air we’ve ever had. Water quality better than ever. Yeah. I dare you to go say that to the residents of Flint, Michigan, or to any of the other 110 million people in this country who every day have to drink water contaminated with PFOAs, PFASs chemicals and other harmful chemicals; 110 million. One third of people in this country drinking, contaminated, unsafe drinking water every single day. Things are worse than ever in those two arenas. Air Pollution and water quality. And yet Trump repeatedly tells everybody that, nope, it’s cleaner than it’s ever been. Why? Maybe it’s because he actually believes it, but I think more a likely is the fact that he thinks if he just says it enough, his supporters are dumb enough to believe it.
Yeah.

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