The absurdity Trump administration’s petulant refusal to acknowledge the grim reality of climate change was put on full display this week when a Democrat asked a Trump official a simple question – and she had no answer.
Rep Gerry Connolly (D-VA) was recently interviewing Gloria Steele of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) when he asked her a simple question about the devastating flooding that has affected 41 million people and put one-third of Bangladesh under water: was climate change to blame?
Steele had no answer.
As the acting assistant administrator to Asia, Steele’s job security is quite vulnerable at the moment – and a wrong answer about climate change could get her fired in a Trump administration that is very hostile to science and empirical facts in general.
But as the United States prepares to deal with the second once-in-five-hundred-year hurricane in two weeks, it’s clear that the consequences of Trump’s slavish loyalty to the interests of fossil fuel corporations are going to be severe.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.