Throughout an interview in November with Democracy Now, leftist teacher Noam Chomsky stated the Trump administration not attending to climate change meant the president’s “devotion” to damaging human life was more intense than Adolf Hitler.
Partial transcript as follows:
I need to– at the exact same time, the Trump administration, today, is opening up new locations of the West for fracking, for increasing using fossil fuels. You have actually probably seen perhaps talked about among the most remarkable documents I have actually ever seen. The Trump department of highway requirements, whatever it’s called, simply issued a long report, hundred-page report, advising that all guidelines on vehicle emissions ought to be ended. And they had an extremely logical argument. They said if we theorize existing trends by the end of the century, the environment will have warmed a number of degrees Centigrade, meaning a big rise in sea level, which they ignore. So, basically, we’re discussing the cliff anyhow, and automotive emissions actually don’t include much to this, so there’s no point cutting them back. The assumption of the department is that everybody worldwide is as criminally crazy as we are, and isn’t going to do anything about it. And considering that– on that presumption, yeah, let’s simply rob while the planet burns, putting Nero into the shade– he just fiddled while Rome burned. I can’t think about anything like this in human history. You just can’t discover words to describe it. And at the peak of the monstrosity is, in fact, the Trump administration.
We should recall that Trump himself, as I pointed out, is a firm follower in global warming. Just recently, he used to the government of Ireland for authorization to develop a big wall, one of his well-known walls, this one to protect a golf course of his in Ireland, which, as his plea shows, is threatened by sea level increase as a result of global warming. You have a look at the big banks, JPMorgan Chase and the others. They’re increasing their investments in fossil fuel advancement. The energy corporations are working all over the world to look for brand-new resources that damage the environment.
The media are concentrating on genuine outrages, like the ludicrous military preparation for this wave of moms and children preparing to attack us and ruin us– you understand, they’re focusing on that, but have a look at their coverage of these things. So, there was a big report, long front-page report, in The New York City Times a couple days ago about the opening up of the West to even more nonrenewable fuel source extraction. Gone over everything you can think of. Did discuss a few of the unfavorable effects, like it may hurt water resources. It may make things harder for ranchers. Not one phrase, one phrase in this long report, on the effect on the environment. In the political project going on, every– all sort of concerns are not discussed, however not the 2 existential threats that people face, dangers that have never ever occurred in human history.
We have to make choices now which will literally determine whether organized human life can make it through in any decent type. You can simply imagine what the world would resemble if the water level increases, say, 10 or 20 feet or even higher, which is within the variety– quickly within the variety of predictions. I suggest, the effects are unimaginable. But it’s as if we’re sort of like the proverbial lemmings simply gladly marching off the cliff, led by leaders who comprehend extremely well what they’re doing, but are so dedicated to enhancing themselves and their pals in the near future that it merely doesn’t matter what takes place to the human types. There’s nothing like this in all of human history. There have been a lot of beasts in the past, lots of them. But you can’t discover one who was dedicated, with enthusiasm, to damaging the prospects for arranged human life. Hitler was awful enough, but not that.
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