Why don’t rich people care about global warming?

Yes. Our President.

I worried about climate change long before I had a baby. I have a compost pile, use rags instead of paper towels, and I wouldn’t dream of using anything just once (including boyfriends in my 20s and 30s). I’ve been asked kindly not to return to my local grocery store because I LOST MY SHIT on the customer in front of me who told the cashier “both” in response to “paper or plastic?” That was before they outlawed free plastic bags. See? I’ve been at this a while.

I’m very open about my disgust of Donald Trump. As a woman it should be obvious why, but at this point as a human I can’t get behind one thing he says, and I’m baffled that anyone can. But I’m not here to fight that fight right now because with his denial (and subsequent “hmmm well maybe” stance) of climate change, nothing else will matter. Fights against racism, homophobia, misogyny, islamophobia, xenophobia and for basic HUMANITY won’t matter if we don’t have a place to live. Am I being dramatic? Not really.

Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. That sounds fun, doesn’t it? Scott Pruitt is a known climate change doubter and is currently suing the EPA. Match made in heaven. Speaking of heaven, I don’t believe in god so I think I’d like to be Pope. Makes about as much sense. Except as Pope I wouldn’t be setting back our already weak fight against climate change four years.

Our new friend Scott Pruitt said Americans are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our country due to EPA regulations. First, this makes me want to punch a fossil fuel in the face and then it brings me to a question I often have. Why don’t rich people care about global warming? Is it because they face no consequences? When we all end up having to move to Northern Canada and Siberia (the irony!) will the rich just throw money at that problem and their lives won’t be affected?

Fights against racism, homophobia, misogyny, islamophobia, xenophobia and for basic HUMANITY won’t matter if we don’t have a place to live.

For years I worked with doctors, and when I asked one to her face why she was throwing her diet coke can in the trash and not recycling she actually said, “I don’t care about that stuff.” Stuff. Like it’s not her problem. Like we don’t share this Earth. The only Earth we have. The only place we can call home. But it won’t affect the affluent. At least not the next three generations. The privileged class will buy land for their grandchildren in landlocked Switzerland and be safe. For a short while.

According to the EPA and, you know, SCIENCE, global average temperature is expected to warm at least twice as much in the next 100 years as it has during the last 100 years. This will affect your grandchildren.

Climate models project that if global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to grow, summertime temperatures in the U.S. that ranked among the hottest 5 percent in 1950-1979 will occur at least 70 percent of the time by 2035-2064. That means that when it was really, really hot for 5 percent of the year it will now be really, really hot for 70 percent of the year. Our children will live to see this.

How can the planet not be at the top of the list? And if it’s not at the top of the list, could we at least have someone running the EPA who cares? Pretends to care? Understands that our planet is finite? Has read a scientific article? Knows what a tree is?

Nominating a known climate change doubter to run the EPA is criminal. Instituting a media blackout at the EPA is criminal. Cutting the EPA’s budget by more than $800 million is criminal. And it most certainly isn’t presidential. Or is it the new normal? The new “presidential?”

I’m so angry.

Donald Trump, I know believing in researched based science can be hard, but honestly, none of it will matter when we don’t have a place to live anymore.

According to the EPA and, you know, SCIENCE, global average temperature is expected to warm at least twice as much in the next 100 years as it has during the last 100 years.

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Author: Amy Claire

Amy Claire was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana but has stomped around Los Angeles for over 20 years. She has a strong background in improv, sketch comedy, stand-up and also a degree in theatre which allows her to secretary in her free time. Amy did a quick stint on Last Comic Standing but it wasn’t really her thing because everyone knows competitions are for children. She has opened for the likes of Josh Wolf and Dana Carvey (which was the dreamiest dreamy night ever). Amy loves college football and is kind of gifted with animals. The love of her life, Stanton, is 2.5 years old and obviously REALLY smart. View all posts by Amy Claire

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