It was somewhat fortunate that the date for this year’s celebration of Earth Day drew so much attention around the world on Saturday with the March for Science et al.

And not a moment too soon, arriving as it did shorly after Donald Trump’s executive order that was another burst of his medieval fix on destroying our environment.

Purely opaque flat-earth stuff from the Oval Office.

New Yorker magazine’s terse headline neatly captured the narrative in its April 10 issue:

TRUMP V. THE EARTH

Considering the number of ways the president has decided to foul the air we breathe and water we drink to satisfy the well- funded interests of Big Oil and other political energizers in the corral, that headline says it all.

And once again, not the least of Trump’s motives was inspired by his continued rants against his predecessor, Barack Obama’s
Clean Air Plan. The new E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt – a n unyielding hater of the department he now heads – gave us plenty of evidence as Oklahoma’s attorney general that he had little patience for anyone raising environmental concerns.

As the New Yorker article pointed out, he was “no longer interested in even collecting data on the quantities of methane that oil and gas companies release.”

The simplistic version of Trump’s denial of science as a full partner in the preservation of the globe is that it is engaged in costing us jobs. But is there a possibility that in addition to the lucrative support of corporate cash, he also senses the tension created by religion to thwart anything that impedes their beliefs? And with a born-again vice president, that could play a heavy hand.

Still, Neil deGrasse Tyson , the popular astrophysicist, tweeted from his corner: “Show me a nation with a science-hostile government and I’ll show you a society with failing health, wealth and security.”

So thank you, science marchers and the armies of supporters. It can’t hurt these days to prefer brains over benighted bluster.

 

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