Trump supporters really, really love walls. At least that’s the finding in a new Public Policy Poll where 31 percent, nearly a third, of Trump supporters said they wanted a wall built along…are you ready for it…the Atlantic Ocean.
This idea probably comes as a shock to those who live on the Atlantic Seaboard, especially to those whose life revolves around living on the 2,000 mile stretch of ocean, but it also shows a real disregard for reality.
We know that most Trump voters don’t believe in climate change, but they apparently don’t know that oceans rise and fall, even under normal conditions. Beaches erode and expand and well, people use that water. They also seem not to understand that a whole lot of people care very much about their ocean views.
Even beyond that, climate change is a reality. Florida, a state whose tourism industry relies upon the Atlantic Ocean, is literally disappearing into the ocean.
Elizabeth Kolbert wrote about visiting Miami Beach in a recent issue of The New Yorker. What she saw there was frightening: city streets that regularly flood with the high tide, with residents marooned on stoops and porches watching their trash cans bob in the street. “For the past several years,” Kolbert wrote, “the daily high-water mark in the Miami area has been racing up at the rate of almost an inch a year, nearly ten times the rate of average global sea-level rise …. Talking about climate change in the Everglades this past Earth Day, President Obama said, ‘Nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in South Florida.’”
Then there’s the whole logistical problem. Where the hell do you build a wall in an ocean?
Well, for that, Trump may have ideas. Despite the fact that he insists to his supporters that climate change is a “con job” and a “hoax,” Trump wants to build a wall protecting one of his Ireland golf courses from the Atlantic. He even listed “global warming” on the application.
The Republican presidential candidate has called climate change a “con job” and a “hoax.” But in an application filed this month in County Clare, Ireland, the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel cites the threat of global warming in seeking a permit to build a nearly two-mile-long stone wall between it and the Atlantic Ocean. The beach in front of the 18th green is disappearing at a rate of about a yard each year.
Trump’s application, first reported Monday by Politico, cites local regulations pertaining to “rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and wave energy associated with global warming.” An attached environmental impact statement says that almost all the dunes in western Ireland are retreating “due to sea level rise and increased Atlantic storminess.”
Source: Business Insider
Yeah, but that’s not exactly what Trump supporters (and 8 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters) want. They want to keep immigrants out of the country. Of course, nearly half of undocumented immigrants come via air, so unless Trump has a plan to build a wall in the sky…
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