“The concept of Global Warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive“- Donald J Trump, 6th November 2012, now the 45th President of the United States of America.
Despite having a president who doesn’t believe in climate change, the shores of America have been hit by no less than three record-setting hurricanes, in the last three weeks alone. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and most recently Jose, causing millions of dollars in property damage and a catastrophic loss of human life. According to the TSR (Tropical Storm Risk Consortium) 162 people have lost their lives during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, despite it being far from over.
Four major hurricanes have occurred since the season opened on the first of June, that’s already over the average of 2.7 per season. Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to happen over US soil since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, ending the record long 4 324 day hurricane drought.
FEMA, the federal emergency management agency has run out funding, after spending $2.14 billion on Harvey and their remaining $1.01 billion on Irma. Unfortunately for the people, President Trump is refusing to allocate any more funds to FEMA, and making it impossibly hard for either the Senate or Congress to “waste anymore of America’s money,” on disaster aid and relief. It took the President three days to finally attend the area devastated by Harvey, and at a rally aimed at aiding those affected by the hurricane, he unfortunately began by saying “Wow, what a turnout, what a crowd.”
The ineffectiveness of the Trump administration is now, more than ever, endangering the lives of the American people. Their blind refusal to acknowledge climate change as an issue that not only affects the United States, but the rest of the world too, has now gone beyond something amusing on Twitter, to now an issue that could bring about catastrophe on a global scale.
Climate change is an issue that the world’s scientific community agree is one of the most important issues we face as planet today. With the leader of the most powerful country in the world refusing to admit it existence, it’s past time that the American people reconsider their leadership, and that the governments of the world tackle this issue together to make meaningful change.
Written by Toby Wise