Rachel Maddow shined a light on how Donald Trump and his anti-science administration are trying to cover up scientific research about climate change.
The MSNBC host said it’s just the latest example of how the contrast between the Trump administration and the 20+ Democrats running for office couldn’t be clearer.
“Here’s the Democrats right now in a 20-way, no holds barred, full-scale wrestling match trying to appear to be … the most committed to taking climate change seriously and to doing something about it,” she said. “While the Republican administration … is actively shutting it down, refusing to release [climate change] research.”
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There is only one Earth and here on Earth one, the partisan divide on this subject in particular and the different partisan experience right now of this subject in Washington is just nuts. I mean, here’s the Democrats right now in a 20-way, no holds barred, full-scale wrestling match trying to appear to be the most aggressive and the most invested and the most knowledgeable and the most committed to taking climate change seriously and to doing something about it. While the Republican administration in Washington oversees a world-renowned incredibly capable, incredibly advanced coterie of scientists who really are already working on the most practical stuff possible when it comes to dealing with climate change. Peer-reviewed world-class science, which is already happening, which U.S. taxpayers have already paid for and is ready to be published and the Trump administration is taking that stuff and actively shutting it down, refusing to release that research. And as we have talked about a couple of times here on the show in the last couple of weeks, the Trump administration is also right now trying to dismantle a big chunk of the whole scientific capacity at that pioneering agency, at USDA.
Climate change is not another both-sides debate
So often, political pundits and reporters present each side of a political argument as if there are always two valid perspectives – one from the right and another from the left.
In the Trump era of American politics, however, the both-sides argument is almost becoming extinct. This is a president who spews verifiable lies – not valid, reality-based arguments – on a daily basis.
As a result, one political party – the GOP – is defending and creating policy based on Trump’s falsehoods, and the Democrats are left as the only political entity that lives in a fact-based world, even if you don’t always agree with their policy proposals.
On the issue of climate change, in particular, this dynamic is even clearer. The global scientific community is sounding the alarm about climate change. Other nations are taking steps to combat it.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is covering up research being conducted by its own government. They’ve pulled America out of the Paris climate accord. They continue to unravel former president Barack Obama’s environmental protections and promise gullible folks in red states that somehow coal is the energy of the future.
In the reality-based world, climate change is real. It poses major national security, economic and humanitarian threats to all of us. Tackling it should be a bipartisan effort driven by the scientific community, not by a president trying to keep his base happy.
That’s why a key step in taking on this crisis is replacing Donald Trump with any one of the 20+ Democratic candidates running for president.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.