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Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Saving Our Planet for Future Generations

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Climate Change: This is What a Vote for Trump Will Cost You!

Climate Change 2016 Elections

Climate Change-Trump has NO plan!

“Climate Change Calls for Action! Don’t opt for hopelessness!”

By Linn Smith

July 31, 2016—-We currently have a presidential candidate that wants to repeal the Climate Action Plan, renew the permit application for the Keystone Pipeline, lift the moratoriums on energy production on federal lands, cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to the U.N. global warming programs. Yes, that would be Donald Trump!

Climate Change: Saving Our Planet

Andy Barowitz wrote an article for the New Yorker magazine using polls conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute. In this article he explained that most people are very frustrated with trying to explain the crises we are headed for to people who don’t want to listen. “Of the many obvious things that people are sick and tired of trying to get through the skulls of deniers, is the fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions–this tops the list for people trying to explain our earth’s future catastrophes, with a majority saying they will no longer try to explain this to deniers!”

Carbon Emissions and Global Warming

Carbon Emissions by Country.

A Vote for Donald Trump is a Vote Against Saving Our Planet

But I’m going to say it again! A vote for Trump will result in destruction to our planet. If you really and truly don’t care about the mess we leave our children and grandchildren, or you opt to melt into a useless puddle of hopelessness, which I have often seen lately, you can quit reading now. (And for the Bernie supporters, the world is full of flaws and imperfections–we all gotta deal with it on a regular basis!)

Here are some facts which your children and grandchildren will have to endure during his or her lifetime. This information, from the United Nations and EPA websites, is a result of computer models which have allowed scientists to average all possible scenarios for our planet:

* By 2100, the average U.S. temperature is projected to increase by about 3-12 degrees F, depending on the scenarios and climate model used.
* There will be reduced ice and snow cover.
* Sea levels are on the rise and will continue to do so.
* There will be an increased frequency and duration of extreme weather events.
* The number of days with high temperatures above 90 degrees is expected to increase throughout the U.S., and globally, especially toward the end of century.
* Ground level air temperatures are expected to continue to warm more rapidly over land.
* The combination of crops yielding less, due to climate change and overpopulation of our earth, is going to lead to starvation of many.

Climate change and crop yields

Climate Change will effect crop yields.

* There will be more heat related deaths.
* Winter weather patterns will move northward with southern areas having more rain than snow.
* There will be an increase in the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes.
* Forest fires are on the rise and will continue at an accelerated pace.
* An increase in diseases, which is on the rise today.
* An increase in civil disorder due to disease and food shortages.
* There will be an extinction of many animals (including eventually ourselves)……..and this list could go on!

Species Extinction and climate change

Spec!ies Extinction will happen has the temperatures rise

These changes will impact our food supply, water resources, infrastructure, ecosystems, and our own health!

El Nino’s Impact

Don Paul of the Buffalo News states, “We have now experienced our 14th consecutive record warm month globally, far beyond the range of El Nino’s impact. These are broad climate trends not short term weather trends. There are uncertainties about how fast global warming will continue to take place in the future but scientists agree, it will take place, with peaks and valleys in daily local weather patterns.”

If we stabilize greenhouse gases today, surface air temperatures will continue to warm because greenhouse gases can stay in our atmosphere for hundreds of years. But it is still possible to limit the increase in global mean temperatures to two degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels, when the earth’s temperature began to increase. We need to act now!

When you vote in the 2016 election vote for a healthy planet!

Do the Next Right Thing!

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Scotland’s Wind Power–Not if Trump Gets His Way!

Construction Begins On The New Donald Trump Golf Course By Lin Smith July 13, 2013—In 2006 Donald Trump bought 1400 acres of land near Aberdeen, Scotland, a town of about 220,400 people. Trump states, “When I saw this piece of land I was overwhelmed by the imposing dunes and rugged Aberdeenshire coastline. I knew that this was the perfect site for Trump International – Scotland. I have never seen such an unspoiled and dramatic sea side landscape and the location makes it perfect for our development.” One golf course has been finished, opening in 2012.  Plans also include several more golf courses, a large hotel, 500 homes, nearly a thousand rental apartments, 36 villas, a golf academy and housing for a staff of 400. After “reshaping” the coastal beauty of the land outside of Aberdeen, Trump will have created a $1.2 billion golf course resort.

Trump has met several challenges on the road to building his golf kingdom. First, a man named Michael Forbes, not of Forbes fame and fortune, but a farmer from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Mr. Forbes has painted “NO GOLF COURSE” on his shed and, digging his heals in, has refused to sell his farm to Trump–at any cost, even though The Donald has offered him quite a sum of money to evacuate the premises. Trump has called Mr. Forbes’s land “in need of repair, and an unsightly menace to his golf course patrons.” So, what did the Donald do?? He fenced off part of Forbes’s land even though Forbes owned it! AND, according to Wikipedia, was threatening to use “Compulsory Purchase Order” to force the family out, saying, “The property is a slum and will spoil the view from my new hotel!” And this farmer’s reply—a healthy, “Trump can shove his money up his arse!” Hats off to Mr. Forbes! The struggle between Trump, Forbes, and the other farmers  in close proximity to the golf course, has been made into a documentary appropriately named, “You’ve Been Trumped.” 

Trump’s next challenge to his golf kingdom is wind turbines. Scotland has a long term goal to become completely independent of fossil fuels by the year 2020, and this goal is fast becoming a reality. Renewables such as windpower, biofuels, and energy from tidal waves are currently under development, with an estimated 28,000 jobs being created, making it a step closer to Scotland’s goal of being 100% free from fossil fuels in 7 years. The reality of global warming has driven renewables to the top of Scotland’s political agenda. Their largest political party, the SNP, claims,” Scotland will do more to lead the world in the area of renewable energy, tackling climate change, and do our part in creating a more peaceful and stable planet.”

To Trump’s dismay, the remaining work on his Magic Kingdom for golfers has come to a halt, as Scotland has recently approved its newest windfarm 1.5 miles off the coastal shore of Aberdeen. Trump threatened to sue if the project went forward, but instead has halted his project, threatening to move it to Ireland (does Ireland know??) Trump has said the construction of the 11 massive wind turbines in the Aberdeen Bay will be ” detrimental to tourism, will kill the bird population and will spoil the view from his new hotel!” Sounds to me like the turbines and Mr. Forbes have something in common–they both can make The Donald’s hair stand on end–not an aesthetically pleasing vision either! For the record, the top offenders of bird kill are cats, cars, pesticides, powerlines, windows, and communication towers.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s government and the Aberdeenshire Council have sent a petition to the Scottish Parliament with 20,000 signatures calling for “a public inquiry into the handling of Trump’s controversial golf resort development.”

And, finally, this one made me laugh! A reader’s comment on the article, “Trump and the Turbines” by Theresa Riley, “The sooner Scots see this buffoons erse disappear ower the horizon the better….yer no wanted in Scotland wee donny!”