This summer, Donald Trump said he wanted to buy an island. No, not Puerto Rico–Greenland! No doubt, he was thinking ahead. Take advantage of global warming—this would be the opportunity of a lifetime–why not build a golf course once all that ice melted. And a luxury hotel!
Meanwhile, in Iceland people held a funeral for a glacier lost to the warming climate.
This summer, Anchorage, Alaska recorded 90 degrees for the first time in recorded history.
Fires are burning in the Amazon rain forest. This is not just slash-and-burn, greed and business interests–this is killing animals and plants, and the people who live there. This is ecocide. It is a real and serious crisis.
And now, as summer turns to fall, the Atlantic hurricane season is becoming more active. Dorian was a Category 3 hurricane when it hit the Bahamas, and intensified to a Category 5. The storm could be seen from space, with lightning flashes and a well-defined eye.
The track of the storm was projected along the coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
President Trump, though not a meteorologist, did tweet about the hurricane–it’s very wet and very windy. He also said that Alabama would be affected. He is still insisting that he was right. To prove his point he used a weather map, with the storm track altered by a Sharpie to include Alabama.
The point is to keep lying and denying until the next lie comes up. But weather maps don’t lie, and it is a crime to alter an official map for official purposes. It’s illegal, and it would be laughable if it weren’t so disturbing.
Here is another of his weather lies–
President Obama was golfing during Hurricane Katrina–Wrong! George Bush was President during Hurricane Katrina.
But President Trump was golfing in the midst of a climate crisis, after yet another mass shooting, and in the middle of another hurricane.
UPDATE–NOAA releases an unattributed statement regarding NWS Birmingham tweet from Sunday saying Dorian was not going to impact Alabama–
NOAA releases a Friday evening, unattributed statement disavowing the NWS Birmingham tweet from Sunday saying Dorian wasn’t going to impact Alabama. pic.twitter.com/4OfuM6iESo
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) September 6, 2019
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