Hundreds Of Scientists, Including Stephen Hawking, Warn Electing Trump Could Doom The Planet (VIDEO)

Hundreds Of Scientists, Including Stephen Hawking, Warn Electing Trump Could Doom The Planet (VIDEO)

The possibility of a Trump presidency is worrying physicist Stephen Hawking and several hundred other scientists, and they have released an open letter Tuesday denouncing the Republican presidential nominee.

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Citing the threat of climate change and blasting him for pushing the U.S. to leave the Paris Accord, 375 scientists bluntly stated in their letter:

“It is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S withdrawal from the Paris Accord. A ‘Parexit’ would send a clear signal to the rest of the world: ‘The United States does not care about the global problems of human-caused climate change. You are on your own,” the group wrote.

So what does “Parexit” mean?

Simply put, the term “Parexit” refers to “Brexit,” when the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union. But in this case, it’s an attempt to withdraw from the Paris agreement. 

When the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) took place in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the legally binding agreement which is an effort to avoid catastrophic climate change. And the countries involved hope to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

If the agreement isn’t followed, the consequences may be grave, the scientists noted.

“The consequences of opting out of the global community would be severe and long-lasting — for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.”

Many renowned scientists signed the letter, including Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu. And under President Barack Obama, Chu served as Secretary of Energy.

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The agreement was formally ratified by Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, and it aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The main thrust is to keep  average global temperatures from rising by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius).

Since the pact is considered an addition to the 1992 Rio climate change treaty and other protocols, Senate action isn’t technically required for the Paris agreement to take effect, according to the White House. And it will be enforced as soon as enough nations submit their ratification — and that may come as soon as the end of the year.

Cue the climate change deniers

But despite this, opponents in Congress say they intend to block funding for programs that support the Paris agreement. And at a campaign rally in May, Trump told his audience that he’d “cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.”

I’m sure there are several dollar signs attached to that sentiment. And Trump is exactly this stupid:

But climate change isn’t the result of some fanatical conspiracy theorists trying to pull the wool over our eyes. It’s a waking nightmare fueled by human activity.

“Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy,” the scientists wrote. “It is a physical reality.”

Earlier this month, an interviewer asked Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT a key question:

Specifically, are there other efforts to combat climate change currently underway that may be impacted “depending on the outcome of the presidential election?

Emanuel’s response?

“The U.S. is and has been a leading innovator in technology, including clean energy. Government policy is critical for incubating clean energy technologies in the face of large subsidies currently in place for fossil fuels, and U.S. leadership on the climate issue is absolutely essential for dealing with the global problem of climate change.”

Then the interviewer asked how the idea for the open letter originated, and why the issue of climate change draws so many scientists together.

“The idea for the letter came from Ray Weymann, a climate scientist emeritus at the Carnegie Institution for Science, one of the four organizing co-authors. The many scientists who work on climate were very dismayed by the tone and the content of the Republican Platform’s position on climate change,” Emanuel said. “We feel that were the sentiments of the platform acted on, the U.S. would forfeit its leadership position in the global effort to deal with climate change, climate risks would accelerate, and the U.S. would lose an important economic opportunity to lead the world market in innovative clean energy. We decided that we needed to say something about this and elected to publish an open letter.”

Hawking has spoken about the dangers we now face because of the Earth’s changing climate. In a May interview, he noted that runaway climate change was “a more immediate danger” than a potential asteroid impact. And he also didn’t miss the chance to call Trump “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

Ouch.

Who signed the open letter?

The long list includes Nobel laureate Edmond Fischer, biochemist Earl David, the geneticists Joseph Felsenstein and Richard Palmiter, microbiologist Eugene Nester, and atmospheric scientists Dennis Hartmann and John Wallace, to name just a few.

And temperatures are on the up and up

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report on the same day, noting that last month’s average global temperature was 61.74 degrees F. That’s 1.66 degrees above the 20th-century average for August. And based on 137 years of record-keeping, this is the 16th consecutive month of record-breaking heat. And NASA has reported similar findings.

The evidence for climate change is out there, and it’s very real.

What will it take for Trump and other Republican climate change deniers to wake up? I don’t know. But I do know that the last thing the U.S. needs is a president who thinks climate change is a “total, and very expensive, hoax.”

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

Megan supports Black Lives Matter and fights against racism, sexism, the corporatocracy, climate change deniers and others who continue to destroy the planet.

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