The No. 1 issue for Democrats in 2020 is getting Donald Trump out of office, period — after that, everything will just fix itself. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman thinks he knows the best way to make sure that happens: to use Trump’s mockery of climate change and the Green New Deal against him.
Trump Mocks Climate Change. That’s a Key to Defeating Him. https://t.co/xFgxn9SXoU
— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) April 9, 2019
Counterpoint: No, it isn't.
— Muad'dib's Most Loyal, Least Competent Fedaykin (@FallacyAbuser) April 10, 2019
You might notice in the fine print that Friedman is counting on the “Green Real Deal” and not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” — which all the Democratic candidates fell over themselves to co-sponsor, but not vote for:
… if Democrats approach this right — with a barrage of political ads paired with a focused green strategy, like the “Green Real Deal” proposed by Ernie Moniz, Barack Obama’s energy secretary, and Andy Karsner, George W. Bush’s assistant energy secretary for renewable energy — they can win on this issue in 2020 and make Trump the laughingstock.
Friedman is such a giver that he even wrote a handful of ads for Democrats to run against Trump. Here’s one:
The Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report revealed that solar energy was employing more workers than the traditional coal, gas and oil industries combined. But Trump says he prefers big, beautiful coal. How do your kids feel about that?
Kids are stupid and that’s why we don’t let them vote. Here’s another ad that will sink Trump, though:
Cyclone Idai devastated some of the greatest wilderness areas in Africa. Trump couldn’t care less. Do you? Because another decade of storms like that, and the only lions, elephants and zebras your grandkids will ever see will be in a Disney movie.
First, no one heard about Idai, and second, they certainly weren’t given proof that climate change had anything to do with it. But we do feel bad that polar bears are now extinct, so maybe he has a point.
So ridiculous @TomFriedman:
1. Trump campaigned on global warming as a hoax.
2. NO Senator voted for the #GreenNewDeal.
3. Climate routinely polls poorly among voters.
4. Emissions are only increasing.
No wonder climate bedwetters refuse to debate opponents. pic.twitter.com/JpSLGamdxk
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) April 10, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee has made climate change the central plank of his campaign, and just look how well that’s working for him.
Just how stupid IS Friedman? Dream come true for Trump if Dems run on that fairy tale.
— Todd Dimmitt (@TADinKaty) April 10, 2019
Bring it on 👍
— Русская bot Acqua (@AssuntaMaddonni) April 10, 2019
I think they're wrong. I think Trump will win if they keep pushing this issue.
— Paul Whittaker (@paulwhit22) April 10, 2019
Just debate AGW in a legitimate forum.
— Dick (@Meisterling) April 10, 2019
No one has told Friedman that Hot, Flat and Crowded is now in the fiction section.
— Happy Trails (@pornada) April 10, 2019
Over 4.5 BILLION years the climate has varied. People think of history as their life or maybe 100 years, a picosecond in geologic time.
— Arpegio (@Arpegio_six) April 10, 2019
Australia is set to elect a action on climate change moron, why? well you have the media down here who have been pushing this massive hoax for the past decade, people here are so scared because we had a hot summer in areas and they are so stupid !
— John Clarkson (@JohnBurnieTas) April 10, 2019
Same as California. 🤣🤣🤣
— Layman's View (@SandiWiener) April 10, 2019
That's a graph on the last 20,000 years of temperature variation. As you can see the last 10,000 years have had moderate fluctuations compared to the 10,000 before it. Did we have cars 20,000 years ago? No. pic.twitter.com/Hh7wSpmNGZ
— Alfred Arreguin (@AlfredArreguin) April 9, 2019
Pictured: wind turbines that are so inefficient they need to be subsidized, use more energy to manufacture and transport than they produce, require 700 cubic yards of concrete each, and slaughter millions of birds and bats every year. But you knew all that, right, Tom?
— Todd Dimmitt (@TADinKaty) April 10, 2019
Is this parody?
— Mike (@plainsimplicity) April 10, 2019
Absolutely Tommy, stay on that road. Run on it. That's a real winner!
— Slow (@SlowLaneLodge) April 10, 2019
Yes, please, forget the economy and focus on the weather in Africa.
After John Kerry praises AOC's climate change 'leadership,' Joe Bastardi nails him with ice-cold flashback https://t.co/BEcBZgKy3n
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 10, 2019