GOP Platform Doesn’t Mention the Word “Climate” Once — Even After Hottest Year on Record

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henfredemars

I think they are quite content to do absolutely nothing about our most pressing social and environmental issues. I struggle to remember the last time I heard an actual attempt at a solving a real problem. Mostly, I hear rhetoric and personal takes.

aleph

Match!!

But they got that one (1) transgender child out of school sports!

Red_October

Of course it doesn't. The GOP plan regarding the climate is "Ignore it and the problem that doesn't exist in the first place will go away." This plan is deeply unpopular with anyone who sees climate change as a problem, and for those who don't simply not mentioning it at all is in keeping with their values anyway. "Ignore it."

CosmicTurtle0

It's worse than that.

The GOP plan on climate is "We'll capitalism out way out of it."

Record high temperatures? Sell AC units and increase prices on electricity.

Water getting more scarce? Buy inefficient desalinators that run on diesel.

Property values declining due to increasing ocean levels? Ban ocean levels.

Alue42 , edited

Here's a taste of the GOP view:

I used to be a government employee in the state of Florida (when Rick Scott was governor) as an environmental educator. One day, we received a memo that for all government employees the phrases "climate change", "global warming", and "sustainability" were now banned from our official duties. How was I supposed to teach about the environment *in Florida* without using those? I was still allowed to say "unusual weather event".

I left this role, and Florida, and heard that this policy had been repealed.

Wouldn't you know it, I heard from some of my colleagues still there that DeSantis just went ahead and did the same thing, while also making sure the new law impacts the energy grid.

So not only is their plan to ignore it - but they want to force no one else to talk about it either, or make any improvements on their own of their own volition.

[deleted] , edited

By the time the earth becomes unlivable, all the rich people will just build planet survival bases underground or escape to the stars while 99.9999% of the population dies a slow death. The billionaires are obsessed with space for a reason.

phoenixz

Of course they don't.

The second they do, their base might start realizing that they're fucked, that their children might die young due to the effects of climate change, and that its all caused by the very people they voted for.

Tar and feathers would be the least of their worries, they would be shredded toes first.

So better not mention it, with the added benefit that you can keep pushing laws that get you even more monies

MentallyExhausted , edited

Considering they had no platform at all in 2020, that’s not particularly surprising.

Steve , edited

"The hottest year on record".
This is becoming a joke, right?
Practically every year is the hottest on record now. It's kind of lost significance, when it's generally a good bet next year will be hotter.

  • 2010
  • 2014
  • 2015 / 2022
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018 / 2021
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2023
  • 2024 (so far)
  • 2025 (probably)

Edited for clarity.
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Ultraviolet

That is in fact the point.

Steve

Is it?
Because "hottest year on record" doesn't indicate that at all.

cerement , edited

there’s also the nice, easy to understand visual of the warming stripes

Steve

That's awesome!

YeetPics

It makes sense to say "the hottest year on record" if "practically every year is the hottest on record now" and you're talking about the most recent year.

Steve , edited

Does it make more or less sense than "Another year of record breaking heat"?

"Hottest year on record" is like a child stopping on each step of a staircase saying, "I've never been this high!" It's correct, but doesn't mean much in context, and gets old real quick.

Carrolade

"If I take one more step, this'll be the farthest from home I've ever been."

Though unlike the hypothetical child or Samwise Gamgee, what we're doing is going to create suffering for very large numbers of people. It's probably also a reliable source of clicks for online media organizations.

orca

Everything I come across says that 2023 was the hottest year on record so far, but I don’t know the source of this info and I’ve never seen the list you provided.

Ranvier

Yeah the person above you had a slightly old list. 2023 smashed all previous records and was number one. Well until 2024 it was number one I guess.

https://www.noaa.gov/news/2023-was-worlds-warmest-year-on-record-by-far

The Quuuuuill

At this point, if I understand the data correctly, the planet would need to get dangerously cold for the remainder of the year to not go down as the hottest year on record

Steve

I edited the list trying to make it more clear.

The point is, most years since 2014 have been "The hottest year on record." It's kind of lost significance as as an outlier, when it's generally a good bet next year will be hotter.

orca

Yeah, it would be good to word it more precisely. Hearing the same phrase every year doesn’t have the impact they think it does. I’m kinda curious as to what would sound better 🤔

shalafi

Constant headlines about "the hottest ever" are getting stale. Takes the meaning out hearing it over and over and over.

Sounds like mom, "it's the hottest/coldest day of the summer/winter!" Yeah mom, it's the hottest or coldest day many, many times a year.

I'm also tired of, "smashed records!", when it was 1 or 2 degrees over the record.

Don't know how else to report it, but people are letting these headlines go in one ear and out the other. There's no real impact to the reader.

BrundleFly2077

This dingus leaves off the source of his list AND the last two years

Steve

Better now?

BrundleFly2077

Infinitely so. I thought you were making literally the opposite point before the edit 🤣

You’re not a dingus.