IN 2018 Donald Trump said that, when it comes to climate change, scientists have a ‘political agenda’.
Part of that agenda, one presumes, was to deprive him of his addiction to hair spray. He petulantly said in 2015:
I want to use hair spray. They say, ‘Don’t use hair spray, it’s bad for the ozone.’ So I’m sitting in this concealed apartment, this concealed unit … It’s sealed, it’s beautiful. I don’t think anything gets out. And I’m not supposed to be using hair spray?’
So Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and the – a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.
Why bring this up now? Because the Guardian last Friday ran a piece that said that Trump had decided to snub a key summit on the climate crisis which began today (Monday) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and instead will be taking part in a meeting on “religious freedom” in the same building.
A senior UN official said:
No one was really expecting the President to come to the climate summit.
The Guardian said:
It’s understood that senior UN staff have realistic expectations of Trump and do not expect him to engage on the climate crisis, even for a summit held in his home town. Trump has vowed the US will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement.
Trump’s jamboree – called “Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom” – in the UN headquarters on the same day is a disruptive move by the loopy Christian organisers, according to Mary Robinson, former Irish President and ex-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He’ll clog up the whole system. He won’t go to the climate summit and he wants the distraction factor, I suppose.
David Waskow, Director of the International Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, added:
Listen to Swedish teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech to the UN earlier today.
Not participating and yet showing up at the building is throwing down a gauntlet. It’s most importantly a snub to the young people pleading for action on climate change. Donald Trump has made very clear internationally and domestically he has no interest in the science or this issue. It’s up to the rest of the world to get on with its business.
Meanwhile, the Christian Post quoted White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham as saying:
The President is working to broaden international support for ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom in the wake of increasing persecution of people on the basis of their beliefs and a growing number of attacks on and destruction of houses of worship by state and non-state actors.
The President will call on the international community to take concrete steps to prevent attacks against people on the basis of their religion or beliefs and to ensure the sanctity of houses of worship and all public spaces for all faiths.
Among those invited are conservative evangelical leaders who have participated in events at the White House, and fanatics such as arch-homophobe Tony Perkins, above, of the designated hate group, the Family Research Council.
Johnnie Moore, a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and an evangelical leader, said:
The President of the United States has decided to set his own agenda for the United Nations General Assembly and that agenda will involve the most sweeping, focused statement on religious freedom ever delivered by any President of the United States to the United Nations.
Simply put, the President is using the full weight of the United States to force the issue of religious freedom on the agendas of world leaders of the United Nations. It is not a secondary issue to the United States. It is an organizing principle for the United States and ought to be for all global leaders.