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The Earth Is Not Flat, Mr. Trump


#1

The Earth Is Not Flat, Mr. Trump

Evelyn Leopold

The question is not whether climate change exists but what to do about it.

It is difficult to find a respected scientist in the United States or around the world who disputes man-made contributions to climate change, certainly not the thousands of scientists first organized by the United Nations in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Yet, the new administration is fueled by “alternative facts” from the anti-science earth-is-flat crowd.


#2

"flat earth" is a 19th century American trope. It was devised to elevate Columbus from someone who erroneously believed in faulty calculations as to the circumference of the globe, to a visionary who converted the ruling class of his day to the revolutionary idea of a 'round earth'. See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/busting-a-myth-about-columbus-and-a-flat-earth/2011/10/10/gIQAXszQaL_blog.html?utm_term=.c53b6dbcf8dd

Time to retire belief in a 'flat earth' as an illustration of denial of the scientific method.

(Meanwhile, American's belief that they live in the 'world's greatest democracy' is what needs to be debunked, not some imagined residual belief in a 'flat earth'. )


#3

Ugh! Ever heard of metaphors? They aren't meant to be read literally -- it isn't an "illustration" of the denial of the scientific method, it's a figure of speech used to refer to it.


#4

"Western governments have committed around $1 billion in funding for developing nations but who knows what the United States will do."

I think that number should be $100 billion per year. It is a lot of money for what amounts to foreign aid. What the US will do is a big question. Being the world's richest country the US should contribute the most. But with Trump being elected and claiming he will pull the US out of the Paris Climate agreement it is anybody's guess what the US will do about contributing to the fund. This is just one reason among many why the election of Trump is a disaster.


#5

Ms. Leopoldo is talking to an egotist who believes that his super comb over hairdo looks natural and that orange looks like a tan.

Trump decides as to what he wants to believe and reality has little to do with it.


#6

"The question is not whether climate change exists but what to do about it." That statement assumes that it's still POSSIBLE to do something about it--which is a highly questionable assumption! Even if it's NOT now too late, with "our" current Commander in Chief the likelihood is that the situation will be worsened to the point that it WILL soon be too late. Why was this ignorant article put on this site!