Environment

‘We Just Need Help Now’

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As you may recall, Trump personally called the mayor of Tangier, an island in the Chesapeake Bay that's slowly being swallowed the sea-level rise, to assure him that the centuries-old community is going to be fine.

"Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more" Trump said.

But it's not going to be there for hundreds more. It may not even be there in twenty years, and the Trump-supporting mayor who was delighted by Trump's phone call is now asking for help. And for reasons I cannot explain, he thinks Trump is going to help them.

"We need help from the erosion. If it was just sea level rise that we were worried about, we would be in good shape," [Mayor James Eskridge] said. [...]

"He's gonna cut back on the time it takes to do studies for these projects -- we don't have that time to play with," Eskridge said.

He thinks if Mr. Trump told Congress he wanted to save the island, it would be saved.

The level of unearned faith a depressing number of people have in Trump may literally get them killed. But I can only express sympathy insofar as a significant number of people who don't trust Trump and didn't vote for him are also going to be harmed by his cruel policies and inattentive buffoonery.

Regardless of whether climate change is man-made or not, Eskridge says the island is at the point where they need help immediately.

"We've been studied. And now we're to the point, the island's going down. We just need the help to come now," Eskridge said.

The climate change bailout of 2050 is going to be epic.

  • ninjaf

    You only have to feel sorry for 1.3 people out of every ten. If memory serves, the island voted 87% for Trump. Sorry, I’m fresh outta sympathy. Checking my garden of fucks to give and their row is empty.

  • muselet

    I hope the people of Tangier have a fallback plan, because calling on the Trump administration for help is unlikely to be fruitful.

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    Story on CBS News last night about this community. Voted for Trump, want U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for a $20 million rock wall to prevent erosion. Too bad they voted for the no-taxes, no-infrastructure, no-federal-money-to-the-states, no-global-warming party as their saviors. They might get their money, but I’m sure that any other community wanting such a project would get the back-of-the-hand treatment by this place.

    • Aynwrong

      You mean Trump voters want to build another wall?

      These people…

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    This is the point at which I recommend the fantastic novel Chesapeake by James A Michener for a beautiful history of the region.

  • Aynwrong

    I don’t what to say except to repeat myself. Twenty years of Fox News and thirty years of Rush Limbaugh has devolved the GOP and it’s voters into something that functions along the lines of a suicide cult. They would rather destroy their way of life (and everyone else’s) than rather admit that the “Democrat party” or those libtards are right about anything.

    • Ceoltoir

      It’s beyond even that. They would cheerfully watch the entire country burn, including them, if they could point and laugh at the people they hate before everything goes black.

      • Scopedog

        “They would cheerfully watch the entire country burn, including them, if
        they could point and laugh at the people they hate before everything
        goes black.”

        Sadly, that also applies to some on the Left as well–especially the Bernie-or-Bust! crowd and the idiots who voted for Jill Stein or wrote in Harambe.

        • Ceoltoir

          The BoB crowd was hoping that they could sneer and say I told you so but for the last six months all they’ve about to do is endlessly relitigate the 2016 primary elections while pretending that the DNC has far more power than it really does.

    • Draxiar

      And yet the majority of republican voters believe that college education is the big evil.