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Donald Trump is still a thing. If you told me back in June that “The Donald” would still be a candidate in the 2016 Presidential Election in November, I would have laughed and asked what third-party, public-access debate he’d managed to claw his way into, and who could possibly be buying his particular brand of nonsense.

Yeah, well, the joke is definitely on me.

Donald Trump. (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Donald Trump. (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Since July, Trump has been leading in Republican polls, and by a wide margin. The latest McClatchy/Marist poll puts Ben Carson at a one percent advantage, but Trump isn’t going anywhere. Forty-four percent of Republicans say they like Trump more the more they hear about him. Remember, this is a guy who has said that Mexico is dumping its rapists, drug dealers and criminals into the United States, as well as its infectious diseases. And when he was criticized for these remarks, Trump just doubled down.

“I don’t see how there is any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the statement I made on June 16th during my Presidential announcement speech,” he wrote in a July statement. “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”

Bear in mind, the US is almost 20 percent Latino now, with ethnic minorities projected to outnumber caucasians by 2043. So enjoy that race-baiting while you can, Mr. Trump.

Of course, on top of his blatant racism, we at Planet Experts have five other reasons to be terrified of a potential Trump presidency. You wanna know what the man wants to do to the environment? Buckle up, kids, cause it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

The Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. (Photo: Creative Commons)

5) Trump Said the Keystone XL Would Have ‘No Impact’ on the Environment

Back in August, Donald Trump pledged to approve the tar sands pipeline. “No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S.,” Trump tweeted on August 18.

Thankfully, this is now a moot point. President Obama rejected the KXL last week. But Trump’s statement shows a blatant disregard for the facts. The Keystone pipeline would have transported over 800,000 gallons of ultra-heavy crude across the country, endangered the Ogallala Aquifer (the source of water for eight states in America’s heartland) and created a grand total of 50 permanent jobs.  

4) Trump Wants to Cut Funding to the EPA

During an October 18 appearance on Fox News Sunday, Trump told host Chris Wallace that he’d cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency. “What they do is a disgrace,” he said. “Every week they come out with new regulations. They’re making it impossible.” When Wallace said the EPA’s job is to protect the environment, Trump happily dismissed him. “We’ll be fine with the environment,” he said. “We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy business.”

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

 

3) Trump Thinks He’s an Environmentalist

“I have a great environmental record,” Trump said in 2011. “I have a record that, in my opinion, everybody would love.”   Heather Taylor-Miesle, the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Action Fund, disagrees. “He likes to pretend he’s an environmentalist because of the landscaping on his golf courses, but at the end of the day, it seems he’s the only one that actually believes that,” she said. “His brand of environmentalism is only for the wealthy and elite.”   Of course, Trump also thinks Al Gore should have his Nobel Peace Prize revoked for believing in global warming. Speaking of which…  

2) Trump Doesn’t Believe in Global Warming

Last winter, Trump tweeted the following: “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.”  

Here, Trump confused “weather” for “climate” (a mistake he’s made before). January 2014 was indeed very chilly in Trump’s little corner of the world, but that doesn’t change the fact that 14 of the last 15 years have been the hottest in recorded history.

If Trump were to actually become President, there is every indication that he would roll back the strides the current administration has made in supporting clean energy and carbon regulation. Any international deals the administration makes at the upcoming climate conference in Paris would also be jeopardized by Trump’s refusal to participate.

We’ve already seen precedent for this. Though President Clinton and Vice-President Gore supported the Kyoto Protocol in the late ’90s, Bush II quashed any hope of passing it through Congress when he came to office. This time, the situation is even more dire, and a United States with Trump at the helm would destroy any chance of the planet heating less than two degrees Celsius by 2100.

1) Trump’s Scottish Golf Course Is an Environmental & Economic Disaster

In this case, this isn’t something Trump wants to do to the environment, this is something he’s already done. A few years ago, Donald Trump promised Scotland he’d invest $1.5 billion in their economy and create 6,000 jobs with the construction of a golf course in Aberdeenshire.

He didn’t. Instead, Trump invested about $38 million and created 200 jobs. But that’s not all. To build the course, environmentally-sensitive areas of Scotland’s coast were bulldozed; local water manes were destroyed, depriving residents of water for days; and when a coastal wind farm was to be built near the location of a proposed second golf course, Trump threw a tantrum and abandoned the project.

“I am not thrilled,” said Trump about the turbines. “I want to see the ocean, I do not want to see windmills.”

The wretched ordeal is the subject of the 2015 documentary, A Dangerous Game. This summer, filmmaker Anthony Baxter spoke to Salon about why Trump’s presidential bid is an equally dangerous game.

“The thing is, he’s such an expert at manipulating the media,” said Baxter, “and he also has access to the airwaves and the lawyers that ordinary people don’t have; he just needs to jump onto Fox and Friends for anything he wants to say, and it’ll just be believed. It’s a very, very worrying situation. Yes, it’s entertaining, but it’s concerning that a man who thinks he stands a chance of becoming the next president of the United States could be making such ludicrous claims and saying such inflammatory things on prime-time television.

“I think that people really need to wake up, in terms of what his track record shows on delivery. If he talks about being the greatest ‘jobs president’ that God ever created, which he said last week, we should remember that in Scotland that he’s created just a few dozen jobs.”

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23 Responses

  1. Dawn Rivers says:

    Grasping for straws!! Is that all you can do? Politics is a dangerous games on it’s own without all this bull interfering. Find something productive to do with your life!

    • Nick Bengtsson says:

      Dawn, I’ve got some nice low lying property I’d be happy to give you. The deal is you HAVE to live there for 20 years.

      Talk to be when your bed is floating sweetie.

      • David Silva says:

        Nick, can I have your low lying land? I want to start a farm. I promis to stay at least 20 years and to call you when my bed starts floating.

  2. boothv says:

    Great. Now I have to take a shower to wash the Trump off me.

    Well, there is one good thing. He’s ever intended to actually become the President. That’s not what this whole show is about.

    What this fiasco has done though is further expose the dark underbelly of life in America. No matter how you slice it we live in a belief over fact society. And beliefs are MUCH easier to manipulate than facts. That’s why so many people stand up and fight for what’s in direct opposition to their own personal best interests.

    I used to have more patience with those kind of people. Not any more. It’s not in MY best interest to live in a society that caters to the lowest common denominator. Why that’s taken place is a whole other story.

  3. Clyde Christian says:

    Quit trying to run down Trump, If we want jobs, pass the pipeline, quit worrying about the environment so much, And lets start worrying about the problems at hand, like trying to survive as a nation, As for the EPA, what good are they doing,

    • Oh boy, Clyde, I’m so glad you asked. I mean, you did use a comma instead of a question mark, but I’ll take it. The EPA provides the following services:

      • It protects human health and the environment by ensuring that national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information
      • It oversees the enforcement of federal laws that do so
      • It gives grants to state environmental programs, non-profits, educational institutions and others
      • It makes sure you have clean air and water by helping craft the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act
      • It banned the widespread use of DDT
      • It oversaw significant reductions in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions (i.e., curtailed acid rain)
      • It got the lead out of gasoline
      • It classified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer
      • It established emission standards for cars, reducing a major pollutant from the environment and protecting your lungs and the lungs of your children
      • It regulates toxic chemicals
      • It promotes equitable environmental protection for minority and low-income citizens
      • It helped craft The Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon emissions in the country by 32 percent by 2030 while promoting a transition to a renewable energy economy.

      Thanks for asking, Clyde. Always happy to help.

      • When is the E P A going to have the G M O labeled on our food that we buy to eat? That would be a good start fore that government if they really care about us American people and stop being bought off by Monsanto?

        • Good question, Jim.

        • boothv says:

          I see the anti-GMO argument to be almost identical to the anti-vaccine argument. If you want to believe in science then you’ll look in to the facts about GMO’s. If belief is your thing then have at it.

          Monsanto and “Round Up?” A TOTALLY different issue.

          GMO’s can lead to feeding the impoverished in a way that traditional farming can’t. I read a great article on Slate a while back about this. Just ran a search and found it if you’re interested in learning the truth.

          You’ll learn that the ‘organic’ food you buy is often less safe for consumption than GMO’s and that GMO’s actually decrease the need for pesticides which is the REAL problem when it comes to the food supply.

          Or you can look up on your own the proven cases of deaths or illnesses caused DIRECTLY by GMO’s. Not pesticides. GMO’s. Have a good time searching for an answer that doesn’t exist.

          http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/07/are_gmos_safe_yes_the_case_against_them_is_full_of_fraud_lies_and_errors.html

    • boothv says:

      Did you throw your hat in the ring for one of those 35 permanent Keystone jobs brother?
      Sorry about how that all went down.
      And now about that EPA thing…
      Ah screw it. I don’t want to pile on. The Planet Experts editor pretty much dropped the mic.
      And that’s without mentioning the phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons to protect the ozone, establishing “right to know” information about toxic chemical releases in communities and the banning of sewage sludge in the oceans.
      But here’s to survival Clyde. We’re on the same page there. I’m definitely pro-survival.

  4. Mat says:

    the statements you people make are like we have everything to fear from Trump. Your wrong!! Trump has the right ideas. He wants to protect and worry about US!! THATS what a President of the Us should be doing. Screw immigrants of any kind. The environment is important to a point but if we are no longer a country what differance will it make. This worthless pos and the whole administration in the whitehouse plays to who ever he can bullshit he cares about this country.

    • “Screw immigrants of any kind?” What a lovely thing to say. You do realize that most of the people in this country are descended from immigrants, correct? Less than two percent of the country is Native American, meaning the ancestors of 98 percent of the USA were once immigrants. And Mat, I realize you’re probably a troll, but throwing your support behind a guy that wants to force Muslims to wear special IDs is probably not the right call. I know everyone eventually gets compared to Hitler on the internet, but Hitler literally had the same idea – and how did that turn out for the rest of the planet?

  5. Cindy Dye says:

    I had absolutely NO idea that so many people would be taken in by this poor excuse for a man, let alone the President of the United States, boy, was I ever naïve*

  6. mICHAEL MAGNIFICO says:

    Go Phuck your self Lies all lies! Trump will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  7. I believe that trump is not afraid to say the truth and “you” people are afraid to here it. I think that a man that has amassed billions is the EXACT man we need for President. Don’t be scared to here the truth America.

  8. Talisa says:

    Planet Editor, I wish there was a “like” option for all of your responses.

    It’s evident that the majority of global warming non-believers are less educated or cash hungry. In Trump’s case it’s the cash-hungry leading the less educated and that is a very dangerous scenario. Until now I had little interest in this presidential race as I thought it would have very little effect on me…environmental issues, however are everyone’s concern. I hope the American people are smart enough not to elect a man who can stunt the progress so many other countries are trying to achieve.

    #notoTrump

  9. Issa7 says:

    Now he won and we are screwed!

  10. ShadowLancer says:

    No, Issa7, he did not win; that boner lost by some 2 million popular votes and was APPOINTED to the office of president of the U.S.A. by the Electoral College with some possible finagling by Vladimir Putin and his boys in Russia (TBD later). But we, the citizens of the U.S.A., have a Constitution that provides the means to simply remove that clown from the White House and there are more than sufficient reasons to do so. We have the power to neatly rid ourselves of a very dangerous political actor who is now the most powerful man in the world; the world would love us; and Vladimir Putin’s chuckle would stick in his throat. All we have to do is use our Constitution. If we do not, Washington insiders and politicians will have to play for four years a debilitating game of hiding the levers of power from that child (which I hope someone is doing as I write) and they will also have to hold his hand while walking him through each day, all without letting him know or even suspect that he is being manipulated.

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