Is President Trump going to start a nuclear war? I wonder. He reportedly said as a response to a question on climate change that America had the best air quality it had ever had, and pooh-poohed the idea of climate change. As he seems to only believe what he thinks or hopes does he think that a nuke dropped - anywhere really - will not affect the Americas? And does he believe there will be no retaliation? I grew up in the shadow of the threat of nuclear war, it was a very real prospect - so much so the government released films and pamphlets telling us what to do Protect and Survive. And now near the end of my life am I again living in the shadow of the threat of nuclear war? I don't know. I just wish the US and UK would leave other countries alone to sort themselves out without bloody meddling all the time.
As an aside: how many ecobricks + trips to the shops by bicycle rather than car = offset one military aircraft journey or one military aircraft journey + one nuke?
There is every chance Trump will start a new war with Iran or Korea including most of the Muslim world.
You seem to hit the nail on the head. He doesn’t just think that climate change is not mainly caused by human factors, or believe the many who claim it to be so. He believes and we all know that a persons belief is often hard to shake. He is capable of rationalising the climate change crisis argument, and probably considers the major fluctuations in the worlds climate to be predominantly of a natural, cyclical nature and although CO2 levels are recording the highest for x years (since accurate/comprehensive records began and ice core analysis data) CO2 levels have been higher long before mankind came along and the advent of the modern industrialisation of the world. A belief (his) which contrary to popular views/reports/statistics/predictions/scientific models and propaganda has otherwise not been disproved in his view. It’s just a matter of time, one way or the other.
If a mature/responsible person is capable of believing in one god, then that same strength of belief might become unshakeable when considering the natural fluctuations that have/are and will continue to occur with the earths climates. From one Ice age to another, it will become hotter in between, as sure as god is his witness.
If Trump didn’t think
believe America would suffer from be effected from radiation fallout political or environmental pollution or retaliatory aggression at home or abroad. He would have been encouraged to strike with possibly limited nuclear warheads at Iranian/Syrian/anystan sticking their chin out during his 3 year presidency, just going on the mindset of the war mongering US defence department and “old school” congress he campaigned to run.
However Strategic nuclear strikes on rouge nations doesn’t automatically result in a world war and if conducted with the support of NATO inc most of the Muslim world. It is possible that only limited airborne and oceanic radioactive pollution would pose a risk to other Countries/continents inc USA.
He is aware that should some
rogue nations become nuclear capable. There is a very real threat that America and Israel would be effected at home and or abroad. This could be why he is trying sanctions drone assassinations as a peaceful alternative.
No idea how many bicycle rides to the shops to offset a warmed up fighter jet or a returning bomber....
But if your using a conventional cotton carrier bag to bring your shopping home instead of the 5p classic plastic carrier bag. You would have to reuse it 52 times to have same climate change impacts as a classic plastic bag and 7,100 reuses would be necessary to have same cumulative environmental impact (water use, energy use, etc.) as a classic plastic carrier bag.
Kinda puts these celebrities flying around the world to climate conferences in their personal jets into perspective.