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15 July, 2023

Climate Collusion: How Fossil Fuel Donations Manipulate Republican Stance on Global Warming

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Climate Collusion: How Fossil Fuel Donations Manipulate Republican Stance on Global Warming

Record heat alerts. Floods. Hurricanes. Wildfires surge, but Republicans still deny global warming. Why?

"Coast-to-coast heat dome sends temperatures soaring, threatens all-time records. Heat alerts affect over 100 million people in 15 states from the western U.S. to South Florida." - Washington Post

Why do Republicans deny global warming? Stack the Supreme Court with partisan judges to gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? How does GOP denialism help their fossil fuel billionaire donors whose companies spew green house gases? What does this mean for you? Extreme weather conditions are health hazards. Properties are flooded, blown away or destroyed in landslides and fires. Insurance companies are starting to not insure properties in hazardous areas crushing property values.

Follow the money and decide for yourself if politicians denying global warming represent you or their billionaire fossil fuel donors?

Climate Collusion: How Fossil Fuel Donations Manipulate Republican Stance on Global Warming

Climate denialism

"Climate denialism creates risks that are not insurable. Why? Insurance companies are in the business of making money by estimating their financial exposure to risk. When those risks materialize with a frequency or size that exceeds the insurers’ financial reserves, the insurance companies stop writing insurance—leaving Americans exposed to risks without benefit of insurance. Farmers Insurance Co. is the latest in a line of insurers who have decided that writing insurance in Florida is not worth the risk." - Today's Edition

If governments refuse to acknowledge the reality of climate change because of culture war ideologies, they will not take steps to mitigate the effects of climate change. That is the situation in Florida. As Florida is being buffeted by historic extremes of land and sea temperatures, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida legislature are doing everything in their power to thwart efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

"DeSantis just turned down $377 million in free federal energy-efficiency money despite Florida suffering ever-hotter temperatures. Households would have received hundreds of dollars in rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions AND reduced energy bills. The funding earmarked for Florida came from both the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law."

Politicians here call themselves environmentalists by addressing flooding, because that causes immediate economic damage, but they regard climate change as a "woke" issue. - Pat Duncan (a Floridian and member of Citizens Climate Lobby / Today's Edition.

DeSantis stokes hate against LGBTQ community. Denies global warming. Blocks relief funds.

Florida warming is occurring at twice the rate of any other US state

"Trump claims sea level rise means more ‘beachfront property’. Let’s take a look at Mar-a-Lago. ‘We’ll have a little bit more beachfront property, that’s not the worst thing in the world,’ Mr Trump told a crowd in Alaska, where warming is occurring at twice the rate of any other US state" - The Independent

TakeAway: Call out the MAGA Republicans who do the bidding of fossil fuel billionaires instead of tackling global warming. Vote for Democrats.

Deepak
DemLabs

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