Trump Again Proves Link Between Racism, Climate Denial

June 8, 2016

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Sometimes the universe keeps making things crystal clear. Like a warming planet, and exactly who the people are that continue to deny it.

While tying themselves into knots to support Donald Trump’s aggressively racist campaign, Republicans continue to demonstrate what I’ve been noting for years. Racism and climate denial are joined at the hip.

There could be no clearer demonstration of this than Climate Denier and racist Donald Trump’s current campaign.  Mr Trump has managed to convincingly bring White Supremacists, Neo Nazis, homophobes, misogynists and anti-science zealots all happily together in the same big tent.  We can at least thank him for making the associations so vivid.

New poll from Gallup makes the divide even clearer.  It’s not an accident. The organizations funded by Exxon and others set out 30 years ago to make climate science another hot button in the culture war that began with the Voting Rights Act some 60 years ago.

The Hill:

Climate change is the most divisive issue among United States voters’ rankings of policy areas by importance, a new survey found.

The Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Democrats think climate change is a very important or extremely important in how they will vote in this year’s elections, compared with 25 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of independent voters.

The 47-point spread between Democrats and Republicans was the highest of any issues for which Gallup polled.

“Real” journalists are well trained to ignore this particular gorilla, but I’ve made the point many times that there is a large cross over between climate deniers and racists. One thing we can thank Donald Trump for is making that very, very, clear.

I report. You decide:

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Case in point: The well known Climate denier who calls himself “Steven Goddard”, and proudly flies a Confederate symbol on his anti-science blog, is a rabid Trump supporter.

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Here, examination of climate denier Ted Cruz’s admiration for Jesse Helms, one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of segregation and racism.

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Below, Colin Powell urges the GOP to knock off both racism and climate denial.

When I attended the Heartland Climate Denial conference in 2012, Lord Monckton, then still in his heyday, made birtherism a major focus of his presentation, the crowd, including a prominent GOP congressman, cheered wildly. (about 4 minutes in)

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9 Responses to “Trump Again Proves Link Between Racism, Climate Denial”

  1. ubrew12 Says:

    I don’t blame Monckton for nitpicking Obama’s birth certificate. When you’re ‘Aristocracy’ these things are very important! (/s)

    • dumboldguy Says:

      These things are very important to “inbred morons”, and that’s perhaps a better description of Monckton. And I don’t buy that his bulging eyeballs are because he suffers from Graves Disease. IMO, it’s because his head is so FOS that it’s ready to explode and is pushing his eyeballs out (recall “Mars Attacks”).

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Ho-hum—move along, folks—-nothing to talk about here (as evidenced by the overwhelming number of comments so far). Except that there’s a YUUUGE connection between Donald Trump, the Repugnant Party, and racism. I will quote a sommment i mad some 15 months ago on another “racism and climate change” post on Crock.

    “You have to go back to the days of slavery to flesh out the meaning of “entitlement” with regard to racism. Here’s a good look at the racist mindset that has trickled down to today.

    http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/civil-war-overview/why-non-slaveholding.html

    “The Civil War was really a war between two conflicting economic systems, and that’s largely true today. The war is between those who advocate for democracy, fairness, and equality of economic opportunity for the majority and those who want to concentrate wealth and control in the hands of the few.

    “The connection to climate change denial is that the slaves of today are the “energy slaves” we utilize in fossil fuels, and the corporatocracy-plutocracy-free market-growth-profit forces don’t want to give them up any more than the owners of negro slaves did. Nor does the general citizenry want to give up the cheap “slave” energy, since so many don’t look to the future and worry about AGW consequences.

    “You have to remember that the denialists are for the most part the direct descendants of the “rebels” of the 1860’s. Religiously fundamental, socially conservative, anti central government, and hugely hypocritical regarding any question of ethics or morality related to their racism or anti-science beliefs.. Just as they justified their enslavement of humans back then, they keep alive their racism and intolerance today and have extended it to denial of science.

    “Cruz is their poster child, and just as he is not fit to be a candidate for president, the denialists are not fit to be citizens and voters. And research in the denialist brain? It has been done—-the results have been mentioned on Crock and in many other places (I will again tout Mooney’s book, The Republican Brain). Denialists live too much in the amygdala, the reptilian part of their brain (and maybe that’s why Cruz is such a snake)”.

    Substitute Trump for Cruz in that last paragraph to bring it up to date. Yes, the whole thing can be reduced to the greedy rich wanting to “own” ALL of the rest of us in their ideal corporate feudal state—-the blatant racism is just the visible tip of the iceberg.


  3. […] climate activist online that has consistently pointed out the peculiar, pernicious, but persistent connection between climate denial and racism. When I started this project some 8 years ago, many folks cautioned me, “don’t use the […]


  4. […] climate activist online that has consistently pointed out the peculiar, pernicious, but persistent connection between climate denial and racism.When I started this project some 8 years ago, many folks cautioned me, “don’t use the term […]


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