Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The World is in Trouble

By Anton Antonio
August 19, 2015

“Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American real estate developer, television personality, politician, and author.  He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.  Trump’s branding efforts, business career, outspoken manner, media appearances, and books have made him a celebrity.  He hosted The Apprentice, a U.S. television program on NBC.  Trump is a son of Fred Trump, a New York City real estate developer.  Donald Trump worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Sons, while attending Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and, in 1968, officially joined the company.  He was given control of the company in 1971, renaming it The Trump Organization.  Trump remains a major figure in the real estate industry in the United States and a media celebrity.  On June 26, 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election, seeking the nomination of the Republican Party.  Trump’s early campaigning has seen him rise to high levels of popular support to the consternation of the Republican party leadership.  Since late July 2015, he has been at the top in the public opinion polls for the Republican Party nomination.” --- Wikipedia

So what’s so special about this American?  Well, nothing much I guess… except that he believes climate change does not exist simply because of the cold winter in the United States.  He probably thinks climate change is a unidirectional change towards hotter weather conditions… and, therefore, colder weather conditions do not equate to climate change.  “The biggest uncertainty of pro-environment advocates and activists is whether or not leaders and stakeholders are willing to listen.  Sadly, they get bored by things they do not understand or care to understand.” (Antonio, 2015)

The United States and China account for two-thirds of the world’s carbon footprint because of their heavy dependence on coal fired power plants as their primary source of energy.  After the U.S. and China decided to embark on an initiative to bring down average world temperature by two percent in the next five to ten years by phasing down their use of fossil fuels, the world welcomed this as good news in the fight against climate change. 

In the case of the United States, the present administration, under President Barak Obama of the Democratic Party, believes in the propriety of reducing coal-dependence.  But what happens to such an initiative if the next president has a Trump-like mindset?  Remember, the U.S. is the most powerful country and economy in the world… and anything that happens there influences the rest of the world.  It is often said that if the U.S. sneezes, the world catches pneumonia.  The American people should realize the kind of power they posses… that their leadership choice also impacts the rest of the world.  We are absolutely confident that American people will never let the rest of the world down.

Now, another question: What if Trump, who does not believe that climate change is a reality, becomes president in 2016, would it really matter?  I should say it matters a lot because he is (at present) the frontrunner among the Republican nominees.  If he gets nominated and marches on to become the President of the United States, we could all celebrate the grand return of coal that will eventually lead to more climate change nightmares… and then realize that the world is in trouble.

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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Wikipedia, (2015).  “Donald Trump”.  Retrieved on August 19, 2015 from

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