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Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He Said, America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction — Rise Up Times


“…….It’s hardly news that Donald Trump long ago rejected global warming as a Chinese “hoax.” And as he withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord and, like the child of the fossil-fuelized 1950s that he is, proclaimed a new policy of “American Energy Dominance” (“the golden era of American energy is now underway”), he’s never stopped rejecting it. He did so again recently on a brief visit to burning California amid a historic wildfire season, where he predicted that it would soon get “cooler.” 

He and those he’s put in place at the Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere in his administration have spent his presidency in a remarkably determined fashion trying to destroy the American and global environment. So far, they have rolled back (or are trying to roll back) 100 environmental protections that were in place when he arrived in the Oval Office, including most recently limits on a pesticide that reportedly can stunt brain development in children. Air pollution alone was, according to one study, responsible for 9,700 more deaths in this country in 2018 than in 2016. Above all, at the service of a still expanding American fossil-fuel industry, he and his crew have done their damnedest to open the way for oil, gas, and coal development in just about any imaginable form.

“Trump has proven to be America’s twenty-first-century maestro of death and destruction, the P.T. Barnum of, as he put it predictively enough in his Inaugural Address, “American carnage.” In fact, he’s been a master of carnage in a way no one could then have imagined.”

Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He Said, America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction — Rise Up Times

October 9, 2020 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Shortly after Trump took office, I saw an interview with strategist Steve Bannon, in which Bannon said (paraphrasing) that his goal was to deconstruct the U.S. government. He said that Trump might be an imperfect vehicle for accomplishing this but that he would nonetheless be useful. At this point, I think Trump may actually be perfect for the job. Hard to imagine another human who could accomplish as much destruction day in and day out.

    Comment by Carol A Seidl | October 9, 2020 | Reply

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