Trump and Hillary on climate

On the campaign trail, Trump, a Republican, backed more fossil fuel production in the U.S. and vowed to “cancel” the Paris agreement. He has repeatedly suggested that climate change is a hoax. His Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, in contrast, has called for urgent action on climate change. There in a nutshell you have the difference between the two challengers for the Presidency of the United States of America. Some apparently highly intelligent people constantly talk about ‘tackling climate change’. But is this intelligent? This is not a question of science, but a question of definitions and of the correct use of the English language. Strictly speaking, to talk about tackling climate change is an affront to intelligence and an affront to language. How is climate defined?  ‘The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period’. So we see at once that climate is intimately connected to the...(Read Full Post)