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The Real National Emergency Is Climate Change: A Closer Look

The Real National Emergency Is Climate Change: A Closer Look

-President Trump and his allies
are freaking out about a Democratic plan
to fight climate change. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] After Trump declared
a national emergency last week to build a border wall, he got some rare pushback
from members of his own party. But they weren’t concerned that Trump had made up
a fake emergency. They were concerned
that a Democratic president could come along and use the law to declare a real emergency
over climate change. -If you declare
a national emergency to circumvent Congress
to pay for the border wall, what’s to stop
a liberal Democrat one day from declaring climate change
as a national emergency? -Maybe we’re going to get
a Democratic president and we’re going to declare
a national emergency on climate change. -If the President declares this
a national emergency, it’s not going to be long before
there’s a Democratic president who does the same thing in
regards to what, climate change. -That’s what
you’re worried about? That’s like saying, “I would
give this homeless guy a dollar, but you know
he’s just going to use it to print out his résumé
and find a job.” [ Laughter ] There’s a big difference between
the border and climate change. Climate change
is an actual emergency. And we can’t build a wall
to stop it, unless we build one
around the entire planet. “We’re going to build
a space wall, folks, and Mars is going to
pay for it.” [ Laughter ] In fact, climate change
is such a serious emergency that last year, after a summer
of heat waves and wildfires, scientists issued
a dire warning. We have just 12 years to limit
devastating global warning. One scientist said,
“It’s like a deafening, piercing smoke alarm
going off in the kitchen. We have to put out the fire.” And another said it’s like
a speeding freight train. And you know it’s bad, because scientists try not
to use language like that. The last time a scientist
freaked out like that, he was trapped
in the Temple of Doom. -We are going to die! -Now, in response to that,
a reasonable person might say, “What can we do to stop this?” Instead we have a President who
thinks you can stop wildfires not by slowing down
climate change, but by raking leaves
in the forest. That’s what he told Fox News
last year even after he was asked
point-blank about the role
of climate change. -I was watching the firemen
the other day, and they were raking areas. They were raking areas. Where the fire was right over
there, and they’re raking trees, little trees like this that
are — not trees, little bushes that you could see
are totally dry. Weeds.
And they’re raking them. They’re on fire. That should have been
all raked out. -What about the argument —
-You wouldn’t have the fires. -What about the argument
it’s climate change? That it’s drier, it’s hotter, and that that’s
contributing to it? -Maybe it contributes
a little bit. The big problem we have
is management. When I was in a certain state —
I won’t say which — the governor said,
“You know, we’ve tested it. We clean out areas, and we actually set the fire
just to see. We lose almost nothing.” -Why won’t you say
which state it was? [ Laughter ] Seems to me
if a governor figured out how to stop forest fires
with a rake, they’d want their name
out there. Is it because they’re from
Nev-a-happened-a? [ Laughter ] So if you’re a lawmaker faced with the dire warnings
of climate scientists, you have two options. You can put more money
into raking little trees, or you can radically
overhaul the economy in a way that would help
stave off disaster. And that’s the path
some Democrats, led by Congresswoman
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, chose when they unveiled a plan called
the Green New Deal, which envisions
a 10-year economic mobilization that would phase out
fossil fuel use and overhaul
the nation’s infrastructure. The plan has been endorsed by several Democratic candidates
for president but slammed by Republicans and former Starbucks CEO
Howard Schultz. Last week, Schultz said the
Green New Deal is not realistic. Schultz has been threatening
to run as an independent unless the Democrats
nominate a moderate. Yesterday after he announced
his own bid, Bernie Sanders was asked
about Schultz’s threat on CBS and didn’t seem
to take it seriously. -Howard Schultz has now said he
would not run as an independent if the Democrats nominate
a moderate. -Oh, isn’t that nice? Why is Howard Schultz
on every television station in this country? Why are you quoting
Howard Schultz? Because he’s a billionaire. -You’re asking Bernie what
he thinks about a billionaire? That just makes you look
like a bad journalist. If you know one thing
about Bernie, it’s how he feels
about billionaires. His Ben & Jerry’s flavor is
called Tax All the Billionaires. It’s not even an ice cream pun. It’s just vanilla and nickels. The Green New Deal is just
a framework, resolution that sets out a series of goals, and it also tries
a novel political strategy. Rather than just address climate
on its own, the bill combines environmental
issues with economic ones, like guaranteeing a job and
healthcare to every American. Those are bold proposals, and anyone can debate them
on the merits. But as fact checkers have noted, no one is proposing to eliminate
all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas, and the military. And yet that hasn’t
stopped Trump from repeating those lies
anyway. -I think it is very important
for the Democrats to press forward
with their Green New Deal. It would be great for
the so-called carbon footprint to permanently eliminate
all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas, and the military, even if no other country
would do the same. Brilliant! -I really don’t like their
policy of taking away your car, of taking away
your airplane flights, of, “Let’s hop a train
to California,” of… [ Booing ] You’re not allowed
to own cows anymore. You know, a lot of problems. -Man, Trump is getting
really desperate. In two years, he’s gone from, “They’re going to
take your guns away,” to, “They’re going to
take your cows away.” No one is outlawing cows. You know what we call that?
Fake moos. -Fake moos! [ Air horn blows ] [ Mooing ] [ Applause ] [ Laughter ] -Trump has basically
cycled through one mode of transportation
after another and falsely claimed
that the Green New Deal would eliminate it. For example, the Green New Deal would prioritize investment
in high-speed rail with the hope that it would
reduce our reliance on short-distance air travel,
not eliminate it. But Trump lied about that, too. -It would shut down
American energy, which I don’t think
the people in Texas are going to be happy with that. [ Booing ] It would shut down a little
thing called air travel. [ Booing ] -Of course, those weren’t boos. People just brought their cows
to the rally. “You’re not safe at home,
Bessie! The government’s
coming to get you. You got to come to the rally!” Nobody is outlawing cars or cows
or anything, for that matter. The basic premise is that
government can help spur change by making renewable technologies
more efficient and thus more affordable and
more attractive to consumers. But Trump is, of course, not interested in engaging
with any of those specifics. He’d rather make fun of the name
of the Green New Deal. -Last week, they introduced
a massive government takeover that would destroy
our incredible economic gains. They introduced
the so-called Green New Deal. [ Booing ] It sounds like a high school
term paper that got a low mark. -I’m not sure I’d be making fun
of bad grades if I were you. I’m pretty sure you’re the only
guy Clippy ever gave up on. [ Laughter ] Republicans have manufactured a
fake emergency over immigration and now they’re worried
a Democrat will come along and declare a real emergency
over climate change. And instead of debating the
Green New Deal on its merits, they’re making up lies
about its content. But polls show most people
aren’t buying it. When Republicans whine
about the Green New Deal, most voters say… -Isn’t that nice? -This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

100 comments on “The Real National Emergency Is Climate Change: A Closer Look

  1. Solar cycles? Solar minimums? Volcanoes? How does the sun affect our weather? Did you think humans influence the weather more than our star does? Agreed,let's cut pollution.

  2. I look at a beautiful blue sky, and 30 minutes later it is streaked with chemical sprays with contaminates, and it is called a conspiracy. Those that call et a conspiracy need to look up. This is your climate change. Geo-engineering is destroying our atmosphere and our earth and health. So shut up about climate change.

  3. I'm a firefighter, this video is 100% bullshit. Not taking care of dead fall and pruning our forests has a huge impact on the severity of wildfires. Trump is absolutely correct in his comments. I don't like trump at all, I'm a liberal. When it comes to wildland firefighting almost all of it is preventative. We're out there felling trees and trying to make a buffer between the fire and the cities. If you laugh his comments off on this I have no respect for you and you're asking for another Paradise disaster.

  4. If you dumb ape talk show host knew about the refrigerant and HVAC industry your claims about Climate Change caused by man would be silly. You don't know what the Montreal Treaty is but worldwide huge progress has been and being made by dozens of countries. Other (non-USA) countries are slower to catch up but some of these GGC (Global Greenhouse Gases) in refrigerants are being phased out and some were 2400x more powerful than CO2. OVC and this yoyo progressive liberal is very short on scientific FACT. You won't be laughing when unsubstantiated claims cost you 35 trillion dollars and everything skyrockets 100% in taxes. Coal used to be a bad actor but now flue gases from power plants are scrubbed out with reusable chemicals and pressure-swing technology (I am a Chemist). Please differentiate between hysteria and political grandstanding vs. data and wisdom. FURTHER, developing countries such as China, wasting resources on aggression instead of it's environmental problems and crushing it's people, India and African nations are struggling to catch up and their environmental problems are huge. Stick with humor and not projecting misinformation and ridicule.

  5. Climate Change is such Bullshit. The Science dosen't prove it!!! Actually the reverse is happening, As far as the fires in Cali the state has cause all of them thru their policies that they have made. Educate your self to find your why their the bullshit set out by the Socialist and Communist like Bernie and this Butt-head host that has a case of Severe Opticalrectalidist!!! I'm just a common person But I read and now what BS like this guy is talking!!!

  6. "Not realistic"? Give me a break. We're talking about irreversible damage to the planet. HOW THE HELL do people not think about this problem seriously!!! We are probably around the corner from making fossil fuels obsolete anyways. If we invested the resources, it could be done. And I'm not saying it would be easy. It would take the most brilliants economists, scientists, governors, CEO's, politicians, and whoever else working their assess off. It would take a lot of money, and need support from so many people. It would run into problem after problem after problem, and just as engineers and everyone should be trained for, you solve the next problem and the next. It would take time too, more than expected. But it could be done and literally everyone would be better for it. Maybe not the Green New Deal, but something, and someone not only has to try, but to stand up and say "it may sound crazy but we have to do it."

  7. Climate change has been happening for about 12,000 years. It will then repeat itself. Don't be fooled. Pollution however is real.

  8. 12 years and my home will become uninhabitable…I hate everything now.
    But hay hopefully I'll have college degree

  9. Fucking Fake Moos. I hate you and your writers so much right now Seth. That was fantastic. You also should all be very ashamed of what you just did on national television in NA. Fake Moos. You dicks, that's so good 😛

  10. Climate change is NOT a matter of 'belief' or 'disbelief.' Climate change is NOT a religion or a philosophical system. Climate change (global warming, in reality) is a
    scientifically verified FACT. It is a clear and present danger to the Nation
    and the Earth. We ignore science at our peril. If you don't think that's the case, imagine not "believing" in gravity, another scientifically verified FACT, and stepping off of a 10th story balcony…Just a thought experiment, please; don't try it…

  11. The President is like Churchill from the movie "Darkest Hour, "where he has 100 ideas a day and 4 of them are good. The other 96 are downright stupid

  12. Republicans have jumped the shark. Any American that would believe anything that con artist says, needs to be ignored. You're an idiot, shut your stupid mouth.

  13. Trump talked about the "rake clean up" last year, and it was Finland, not a state…lol He cannot even keep his lies straight. 4:50

  14. We have gone through a place in space called the long-count by the Mayan calendar! The year 2012 was the reset of the long year, which is the Galactic year! At the time when traveling this long-year which took over 2600 years and some change, we experienced a bust in our sun energy, also this was experienced during the Egyptian time back some odd 2000 years! But with the fossil fuels that we keep pumping into the air, with no way of reducing the hydrocarbon! Too bad we have people and the president hiding their heads in the sand hoping this will go away! They don't believe that if the Antartic Ice cap melted this lovely planet we call home will be no more! Too bad, I won't be around to see it, but my grandkids will! Now's the time to change, but no one listening, because of Macroeconomics for the world! The two people to talk to is the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers! There is a story of them, but that's another time!

  15. The Green New Deal sounds great, but need to be implemented slowly! One thing Humans are not comfortable with is fast change, unable to keep up with new standards! The Car Dealerships are working on this Transformation with new Engine/Electric cars which are getting more mileage! Keeping what's right and just changing the thing that makes Hydrocarbon, cars keep most of the aftermarket product rolling, so, the financial impact is minimal! This also needs to be applied to other industries, like coal-fired electric plants, where innovation can product water after products from coal? The coal plant would use a filter method of producing steam in the air, and collecting the carbon into containers which could possibly use for another product!

  16. 1:50 Your desk is not level, you nudged that pencil and it progressively increased speed… good catch though! =D

    Edit: OMG! I'm so desensitized with the constant shenanigans with the Drumph administration It doesn't even phase me enough that Seth's crooked desk has me commenting =S

    – Seth, "Today in news, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, got into a twitter argument with North Korea's dictatorial leader Kim Jong Un regarding de-nucleation which triggered an armed exchange that resulted in the destruction of 2 U.S Naval warships…"
    – Me, "Hmmmm, Seth your tie looks crooked today, I don't think that's a proper double windsor"

  17. Never heard of Milankovic laws about climate change and the marxistic political agenda of the United Nations ?
    If human activity is the main factor the exploding worldpopulation is the biggest problem ,isn't it ?

  18. They don't want to phase out fossil fuels because to many rich and privileged people make money from oil. That is the one and only reason and as we non rich people know, it's not a valid reason.

  19. And why don't people want to get rid of the cows? So they have something to kill and then eat his or her flesh. Wow! I'm so glad I don't consume animal flesh or secretions any more. I'm glad I love all animals rather than just loving to eat an animal. I'm glad I'm vegan, the food is real food, not dead animals that are rotting away.
    To the trolls on here, I will not answer back any rudeness you dole out.

  20. It's incredible to see how drumpf knows that his supporters are stupid enough to believe the constant bullshit that comes out of his orange asshole of a mouth.


  22. 3:10 Well you know he has a right there but dude, there are so many areas with forest, you can't rake everything, also the earth needs those leaves as it recycles them.

  23. Fact: the world is getting warmer
    Fact: people are not the cause of the temperature increase
    Fact: the ozone layer is expected to make a full recovery by 2050-60
    Fact: the green new deal is way to expensive ($93 trillion) and unrealistic
    Fact: the increase in temperature is natural, and there have been many warm climate periods throughout the world’s history. The temperature will fall again, no harm done

  24. Ok climate change is a real thing that the democrats did not just make up but this is time time I think its taking it too far. Trump can speak for himself he's a complete idiot. But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's approach is horrible. Im not trying to sound like a radical republican I'm saying the point of view of a non socialistic democrat. While the Green New Deal doesn't eliminate planes and cars and cows, it is a horrendous proposal for 3 main reasons. 1. It costs $93 trillion. Our GDP is $44 trillion. We couldn't sell all of our countries assets and pay for this thing. No country would be willing to give us a loan of that amount and no other country even has that much money. Its just unreasonable. 2. It crazily decreases the freedom of people and increases dependency on the government. Im not saying that declaring climate change as an emergency is socialism, im saying the Green New Deal is socialism. This is the Old Red Deal again. The Green New Deal is basically Marxism disguised in a modern form. I know government spending increases are bad and thats why spending on a wall doesn't make sense either. But this Green New Deal will drive taxes up crazy. We know from 1920's and 30's that lower taxes even for the wealthy are beneficial to the economy and that raises in taxes can turn a recession into a depression. Government spending is not good. These high taxes demotivate people to work because most of their money is taken by the government and it gives the government so much money that they use to redistribute to everyone. This dangerous cycle caused by extremely high taxes continues as the government tries to make everyone the same. But the truth in humanity is not everyone can be the same in opportunity and ability and eventually the government is going to run out of using other peoples money. This socialism turns into communism eventually. We've seen what this system does before in Russia and Cuba and Venezuela. The Green New Deal will trigger this cycle. Its the simple truth of communism that the system doesn't work and its an unrealistic utopia. It makes a bad problem worse. Again im not saying Trumps actions are proper either and I agree that climate change is important, but the Green New Deal a. k. a. Marxism is not the way to solve it.
    Edit: Also climate change is a natural thing. Its been happening forever since the beginning of time. 15 years ago Al Gore said we would all be underwater in 12 years if nothing was done. I live in California and it doesn't seem like we'll be flooding anytime soon. Right now they're saying we'll all be flooded. They've been saying it since the 1990's. Before that, for the longest time, they were yelling about global cooling, that we would be thrown into a third ice age. Nobody made up climate change its a real thing, but climate has always changed.

  25. Conspiracy of the day: what's with the pencil? There's nothing to write on in front of him so what's with the pencil?

    It's a pointy pencil, is it an offensive or a defensive pointy pencil?

  26. Learn about ACTUAL Climate Change (from) well respected climate scientists:

    It is NOT the emergency they're saying. Now, Donald Trump is an idiot, but climate change has been extremely over-exaggerated for funding and taxation. The average global increase has been 0.1 degrees per decade, or one degree for a hundred years, and that's assuming a warming trend continues, and there's no reason to assume that. History shows us that there has been warming and cooling trends, and it actually looks like we might be going into a cooling trend. Not to mention the average temperature in the Antarctic is -60 degrees. Anyone want to tell me how there is massive melting at -60 degrees? Freezing temperature is 0. In the summer the outer areas reach up to 10 degrees, and so there's some melting in the outer areas, as there is supposed to be. Then in the winter, it builds back up again. Even the IPCC Report specifically stated that there is no evidence that climate change is man-made. The UN removed that information, after the IPCC Report had been signed by all the scientists. And they admit it! And why did they do that? If they can scare you, they can tax you. However, I think there's a lot of politicians who actually believe this is true, because like everybody else they've been listening to the media, who ALSO believe it's true, because it's been pushed by a few climate scientists who wanted additional funding to their area. Boy, and it worked. By the way people, CO2 is a natural part of our atmosphere, NOT a pollutant. Without it, we would all die from lack of oxygen. And even if we bypassed that somehow, lack of CO2 would absolutely destroy the food chain.

  27. And yet, there are so many trump supporters complaining that the socialist marxists are going to get rid of planes and cows. It’s remarkable the idiocy.

  28. Lame jokes. Canned laughter. Naive and shallow audience. This is the montra of Late Night with this idiot and those like him.

  29. The other REAL emergency is gun violence, which results in approximately 132 DEATHS per day in the USA. That does not include deaths by mass gun tragedies – many of which never receive headline news because they are so common-place.

    Trump can take his big, fat wall and shove it up his huge ass. There is NO national emergency on the Southern border, unless you consider the children and parents who have been separated from one another and may never get reunited with their parents.

    The two REAL, current, national emergencies in this country are 1) Climate Disruption/Global Warming and; 2) Gun violence, leading to massive numbers of deaths and injuries.

    Once they re-take the presidency, the Democrats should most definitely call both of these national emergencies

  30. So now they're basically telling you that they plan on using "a national emergency" as an excuse to push the new form of Communism on you.

  31. This segment restores my faith in humanity just a little. I'm so sick of hearing the same five Alt-Right arguments all day every day. I'm so sick of being told how much of a sheep I am because I have Democratic values. It's exhausting, always having to play defense to justify my beliefs, opinions, and values 24-7, when Conservatives refuse to even acknowledge their beliefs, opinions, or values hurt people at all. >EVER<

    At this point, the Alt-Right would argue with something so vague as "The sky is sometimes blue." And then back it up with facts and charts that prove that the sky has statistically never been blue, I'm the real racist for thinking it could possibly be blue, and then tell me how wanting a blue sky would kill the American economy.

    I've put up with this for years now. Almost no one ever jumps in to help, and those who do are rarely of any help when their arguments usually provide more ammunition to the Conservatives. <.<

    I'm just so tired.

    I've had to disable my comment notifications because the only thing that I can reliably guarantee is that somehow someone somewhere will see this comment, disagree with it, and insist I personally be held accountable for every democratic beliefe that's ever been misquoted on a Fox channel for the past twenty years.

    This is what the Right has devolved into.

    No more rationalizing. I'm done trying to make peace with them. I'm done trying to get ANY of them to have a rational conversation.

    I'm ready to just roll over these f&@#ers for 2020.

    Let's make America "not-shitty" again.

  32. Nobody in this comments section has actually read the contents of the Green New Deal. While climate change is a worldwide issue, the deal is based off of projections which have been historically incorrect for decades. Also, the bill would propose a 70% tax on the wealthy. That's socialism. This isn't even getting into the confiscation of private property to rebuild for a carbon neutral country.

  33. humm memory's sure are short , google the dust bowl of the thirty's , the U.S should probably get it's head out of the sand.

  34. huh they don't care it will cost money to cut back on carbon clean up…the weight of polar meltwater is reactivating the Pacific ring of fire …seismic activity + Yellowstone =s nuclear winter? [ do the math] a scripture worth considering is found at Revelation 11:18 the latter part of this verse says " and the time came for God to destroy those destroying the earth" sure the bible is easy to discredit but, are you looking for answers or just extended play on your pinball machine of life?

  35. He has got one thing going for him even 8;year olds understand what he is saying, not the consequences just the sentences.

  36. 4 U.S. Code § 8 – Respect for flag(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

  37. I so hope that all these trump supporters in the background at his speeches are not just that fucking stupid. There has to be something good left in them or a shred of logic to not eat that bullshit that trump is feeding them. I understand it with all the super rich who dont give a dam about the enviorment anyway but these are normal people. They should care about the reality.

  38. Remember when Jill Stein introduced THE (ORIGINAL) GREEN NEW DEAL IN 2016? Just think of the last 4 years with a Green New Deal, instead Jill Stein was handcuffed to a chair to prevent her from attending the debate.

  39. Anyone ever think that maybe God is behind this? We are told this is what it would look like; perhaps the time is upon us. And before you write a nasty note back, Jesus also said you would. He said they hated me before they hated you. Think about the big picture.

  40. The border problem is an actual emergency and climate change is natural, not to mention a huge scam. Why do sheep believe this lying commie asshole ?

  41. “We’re going to build a space wall” (ozone layer) “and Mars is going to pay for it”. Mars is the god of war, so all the US tax money that goes to funding the war machine could go replacing the ozone layer (still a problem tho no longer reported but replaced with “global warming” which is less threatening sounding) by reforestation and growing micro algae in desert areas, as well as stewardship of oceans for phytoplankton

  42. Fake MOOS – lmao !! I've started watching Seth Meyers because of his boozy interviews, which are hilarious! These "news" comedians are the only way I can tolerate "news." I love Colbert, Sam.Bee, Trevor and John Oliver (also Jim Jeffries) 😀

  43. Wait, isn't Dump45 a national emergency ? Impeach him and the climate inside the WH AND the country will change for the better.

  44. Are those people in this video actually stupid enough to believe that all that is going away? I love Bernie's answers.


  46. communist bernie don't mind taxing billionares, he's only become a millionare as a special interest group representative.

  47. Save our planet. Don't support big business cheap fake meat! aka stop buying fast food fake meat hamburgers. That will save big business trillions in processing of real hamburger = the stopping of slaughtering cows as a food source will cause a spike in the gas house emmiting cow population. Due to decreased in demands for natural meat from slaughter houses and processing plants wouldn't that create another global crisis? And "theyre" making a fake bacon also..

  48. Hell I hope the first thing the 2020 president does is declare a national emergency for climate change.

    Very first thing.

    People don't get high speed rail. Here's the thing, you could potentially hop onto an all electric train that accelerates at just 1G and gets you from LA to London in about the time it takes to watch an episode of Game of Thrones….

    O.o Conservative by definition is stupid.

  49. We laugh at him, but these people are buying this. & now he's telling them we should get rid of the elections & keep him in office for the next 4 TERMS!! He is getting more & more scary.

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