Environment

Trump to Island Community: Don’t Worry About Rising Seas

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Scientists say the Chesapeake Bay island community of Tangier, which was first established over 400 years ago, will probably have to be completely abandoned in the next 25 to 50 years because of rising sea level, but Trump says there's no reason to worry.

Why not? Because he says so. Trump called the mayor and reassured him that the island is going to be fine.

Trump called James “Ooker” Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier, Virginia, after CNN reported on the island last week, The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reported (http://delmarvane.ws/2sxq0Jy).

“It was unreal,” said Eskridge, who spoke with the president Monday afternoon. [...]

He said not to worry about sea-level rise,” Eskridge said. “He said, ‘Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.’

That's it.

There's no there, there. Trump didn't tell him he plans to help the island or take any action that may ensure its survival. He simply said not to worry about it.

Very reassuring!

When I think about this case, and countless other cases, I wonder just how epic the lawsuits will be when the communities are actually abandoned. I wonder who will pay for their relocation. I wonder if they will sue the government. Will insurers sue the government? Will they sue polluters? Will Congress end up bailing all of the involved parties out? Probably.

Doing something about climate change right now will be far less expensive than dealing with the repercussions in the future. Climate change is an economic time-bomb.

  • ninjaf

    I haven no sympathy for these residents. According to the story on CNN, 87% of the island inhabitants voted for Trump in the election. They deserve the effects they are going to experience. They voted for them.

  • Spellczyker

    Trump’s not lying. The island will still be there. It’ll be completely underwater, but it will still be there.

  • ozdog

    and republicans will blame democrats for the damage done by climate change.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m always left shaking my head how proudly Trump’s voters voted to harm themselves so they stick a thumb in the eye of liberals and costal cultural elites (whoever the hell that means?!?). However this period in American history plays out I hope that historians show a greater willingness to describe R’s more honestly than our current “both sides are the same” media.

    • Scopedog

      They voted to fuck themselves over, to be honest. The thing is, they didn’t realize it, since they thought they would be sticking it to those darned libs and Black folk.

      And yes, the media can go rot with their “both sides” nonsense. The same goes for the alt-left and their “Both parties are the same but the Dems are worse!” horseshit.

  • muselet

    “He said not to worry about sea-level rise,” Eskridge said. “He said, ‘Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.’”

    Don’t worry, be happy. How terribly presidential.

    Maybe the islanders can build a big, beautiful sea wall to protect themselves …

    –alopecia

    • Nefercat

      “Maybe the islanders can build a big, beautiful sea wall to protect themselves ”
      —————————————————————
      Wapo: “But Eskridge said they need a jetty, or perhaps even a sea wall, around the entire island. He believes Trump will cut through red tape and get them that wall.”

      Because the Mexican wall has been such a big fat trumpian success.

  • Another article went into how the Mayor (and most of the rest of the populace) are huge Trump fans. How they’re so impressed by what he wants to accomplish and he’s for the little guy, blah, blah, blah.

    God, these people are deluded (or stupid).

  • Nefercat

    I am sad because things like this open my eyes to my character deficits.

    I wish I were a better person, but the people on this island voted overwhelmingly for trump. All I can muster up for them is, sucks to be you, too bad, so sad.

    • Scopedog

      Maybe we can buy them scuba gear and give them swimming lessons?

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  • Badgerite

    The only way trump would actually care is if there were one of his golf courses on the island.

    • Draxiar

      That or he’d bankrupt it first while doinking his employees out of their paycheck and then sell it off and report the loss on his taxes before it was submerged.

      • Badgerite

        LOL. I’m guessing the latter.