Monday, January 21, 2019

Trump policies are hastening climate destruction


I am glad our president is concerned about national security but am extremely concerned about his approach. He ignores the bulk of educated and knowledgeable military and lay advisors and much of Congress to follow his own gut instincts — the same gut that led him in private life to huge debt and six bankruptcies.

As president, he was advised to stay in the Paris agreement for which the U.S. had promised only $3 billion in international aid.

That aid would have helped forestall top U.S. national security concerns of climate change and the worldwide instability it engenders.

Not only did he backtrack on that commitment, but has suspended areas of government while demanding $5.7 billion (now) to $40 billion (projected total) to build a southern border wall. This is despite adjacent states’ and most analysts’ preference for a cost-effective combination of technology and additional agents, and immigration court justices.

Additionally, Trump policies are hastening climate destruction. His administration repealed the Clean Power Plan by which the Environmental Protection Agency regulated emission of pollutants from coal-fired plants and from which, by their own estimate, “additional pollution expected from loss of this regulation alone will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year as of 2030.”

Agencies also suspended clean water regulation, cut long-standing clean air regulations, lowered vehicle fuelefficiency standards, suspended chemical facility safety standards, and more. These rollbacks are yet another gift to certain of the very wealthy, while health experts predict they will lead to the deaths of 80,000 U.S. residents per decade and respiratory problems for more than one million people. These numbers, however frightening, are small compared to the dangers of climate change which may ultimately endanger all of human life.

Alternatively, carbon emission cuts would likely save 300,000 U.S. lives by 2030. Toward that end and also to build high-paying jobs and local economies, bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act bills are being re-introduced in both houses of Congress — good for us, good for the economy, and good for national security.

Rita T. Rozier

Montanans should be cautious when it comes to wind turbines


Having the destruction wrought by wind turbines to the land and everything living in and on it I beg you not to allow this in Montana. Please come take a look at California and the losses of life forms and vegetation. Look at other states, abandoned projects that look like junk yards, do not let them desecrate Montana.

Tracy McPherson
Jacumba, California