The Fate Of The Planet Is At Stake In 2016 Or Something

The NY Times’ Paul Krugman, with his big McMansion and fossil fueled travel, is vexed by the 2016 election, and is worried that the planet is doomed if the wrong president is picked. Seriously, the fate of the planet is on the line

Planet On The Ballot

We now have a pretty good idea who will be on the ballot in November: Hillary Clinton, almost surely (after the South Carolina blowout,prediction markets give her a 96 percent probability of securing her party’s nomination), and Donald Trump, with high likelihood (currently 80 percent probability on the markets). But even if there’s a stunning upset in what’s left of the primaries, we already know very well what will be at stake — namely, the fate of the planet.

Why do I say this?

Obviously, the partisan divide on environmental policy has been growing ever wider. Just eight years ago the G.O.P. nominated John McCain, whose platform included a call for a “cap and trade” system — that is, a system that restricts emissions, but allows pollution permits to be bought and sold — to limit greenhouse gases. Since then, however, denial of climate science and opposition to anything that might avert catastrophe have become essential pillars of Republican identity. So the choice in 2016 is starker than ever before.

But, if we elect the correct fascist president, everything will be OK!

But here’s the thing: the next president won’t need to pass comprehensive legislation, or indeed any legislation, to take a big step toward saving the planet. Dramatic progress in energy technology has put us in a position where executive action — action that relies on existing law — can achieve great things. All we need is an executive willing to take that action, and a Supreme Court that won’t stand in its way.

He repeats himself later in his screed

And as I said, no new legislation would be needed, just a president willing to act and a Supreme Court that won’t stand in that president’s way, sacrificing the planet in the name of conservative ideology. What’s more, the Paris agreement from last year means that if the U.S. moves forward on climate action, much of the world will follow our lead.

Why does it always seem as if ‘climate change’ is an excuse to institute bigger and bigger Centralized government in an authoritative manner? You can bet that Krugman will have a conniption fit if a President Trump started signing lots and lots of Executive Orders, right? Of course he will. But, he will be very happy if a President Hillary Clinton does the same, instituting lots and lots of taxes and controls on citizens and private entities, none of which will really negatively affect someone like Krugman.

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2 Responses to “The Fate Of The Planet Is At Stake In 2016 Or Something”

  1. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    You can bet that Krugman will have a conniption fit if a President Trump started signing lots and lots of Executive Orders, right? Of course he will. But, he will be very happy if a President Hillary Clinton does the same, instituting lots and lots of taxes and controls on citizens and private entities, none of which will really negatively affect someone like Krugman.

    Not really: Donald Trump is far more to the left than he is to the right, so Dr Krugman won’t object to most of his executive orders. Mr Trump plays at being a conservative, to fool Republican voters — apparently rather successfully — but he is, as he once said, far closer to the Democrats than the Republicans.

    I don’t pay much attention to what Mr Trump says now; I look at the positions he took before he started to run for office. The guy who’s going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it hired plenty of immigrant labor before he ran for office; the man who says he’s now pro-life opposed any restrictions on abortion, including late-term and ‘partial-birth’ abortions years ago. The guy who’s going to protect our rights said that the Berlin Wall came down because Mikhail Gorbachev wasn’t strong and resolute enough, and said that the Chinese government almost blew it by not cracking down on the student demonstrators soon enough.

    The left are becoming more and more authoritarian, and I think tat we can count on them to support any executive orders Mr Trump issues.

  2. John says:

    Teach hasn’t that “dictator” already just about zeroed out the US carbon pollution already? The dire predictions YOU have made about job killing and skyrocketing energy costs haven’t happened yet and are not going to happen even as our total carbon pollution decreases
    Teach quit living in your past fears our US total CO2 peaked in 2005 ten years ago
    Your CFL bulb use helped

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