Kai Sherwin: The Elephant in the Room — Global Warming

By Kai Sherwin 09.15.2016 blog

It’s astounding at how little attention the environment is getting from our nation’s presidential nominees. Clinton and Trump have spent many hours focusing on issues that are important, but none quite as pressing as global warming. It’s funny how global warming is — generally speaking — a bipartisan topic that should not meet much resistance whenever related bills are introduced in the legislative process. Basically everyone agrees that there actions should be taken to combat global warming … except for Trump and a few ultra left-wing conservatives.

Trump actually doesn’t believe that global warming exists, which is utterly ridiculous considering the vast amounts of scientific data and research that has been compiled about the worsening of our environment in the past few decades. I’m not sure whether he truly believes his ideas or whether he’s doing it as a political strategy, but either way, he simply cannot dismiss the entire notion of global warming if he ever gets elected. In fact, if he wins in November, one of his supporters suggested that Trump would rid the government of several environmental laws and regulations including: Obama’s Clean Power Plan (currently pending in courts) and a federal rule to protect wetlands and waterways.

Hillary isn’t doing a great job as well. She’s made her stance on global warming clear, but so far, she’s said very little. Her attention has been understandably devoted towards controversies such as her private email servers and her role as Secretary of State. According to experts, “climate change is a bigger threat to human life than terrorism”. It’s estimated that more than 600,000 people will die per year from environment-related causes by 2030. Thus, there’s absolutely no excuse for not keeping the conversation going about the importance of preventing global warming.


  1. Thomas Reper

    Well, the data that was gathered about global warming being real is rigged. Yes, global warming is a thing, and if we could be more clean, then sure, I am all for it. But right now windmills and solar panels are innificiant. And also, we barely contribute 1% of all the pollution of the world. One volcano eruption causes more air pollution than all the cars in America for a year.

  2. Emma Castro

    I am with Hilary because she is way more prepared and she has a good plan and she is nice and Trump is rude and not prepared. I feel like they both have there good and there bad times.

  3. keyvon johnson

    I think that Hillary cares more about the earth than trump because hillary has a plan to help the world.

  4. Saro

    I am a republican and I don’t like trump’s denial of climate change any more then you do. Climate Change will not significantly change anything highly noticeable until the 2070s to the 2100s. Some people say climate change will ruin the world and the countries of it which is not true. If it were to get out of hand we can definitely survive the changes and some minor governments might collapse but most major ones wont. The issue is not the biggest issue to face america is because number one is not happening as fast as many might want you to believe, and oil is still commonish resource that we should still use we should start shutting down millions of jobs just because of something that will take years to even start having major consequences. Some times people can’t tell the difference between real and not. Ending all polluting sources of energy can’t be done in 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, maybe even 60 years. If we do push it, it will have horrible consequence for people with jobs and people who depend on this energy. I am not saying we should just ignore climate change i am just saying that the consequences of rushing it will be costing poor and rich millions of dollars that many can’t afford. We should still change to clean energy where ever possible, but no rush it as if in 2035 all of the Arctic will melt. Also an interesting fact is that the Antarctic ice sheet has been growing for the last couple years and seems to continue on doing it no matter what.

    The whole 97% climate scientist agree thing is a horrible judgement. the only thing 97% of scientist agree on is that climate change is happening. They could think it can be changing at an .0000000000000000000000000001 degrees a year or 34 degrees every second is it very vague and doesn’t tell the whole story.

  5. Dakota

    If i would have to pick between Hillary or Trump for our global warming problems i would have to pick Hillary. Because she has at least said what she will do about it when Donald has only said little to none about it

  6. Matthew

    People should stop using fossil fuels and use healthy energy sources like windmills and solar panels to stop the effects of global warming.

  7. Carlos

    I think that Hillary cares more about the earth than trump because hillary has a plan to help the world out in global warming but on the other hand trump doesn’t believe in global warming.

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