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Rather writes: "Excuse me Mr. Pruitt, please spare me the sensitivity training. Leadership is about seeing the big picture as well as the crisis. Talking about climate change around these hurricanes isn't insensitive, it's intelligent."

Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)
Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)

Excuse Me Mr. Pruitt, Please Spare Me the Sensitivity Training

By Dan Rather, Facebook

13 September 17


xcuse me Mr. Pruitt, please spare me the sensitivity training.

Leadership is about seeing the big picture as well as the crisis. Talking about climate change around these hurricanes isn't insensitive, it's intelligent.

My heart goes out to those who are suffering. We are all indebted to the public officials, first responders, and average citizens who are reaching out to their fellow Americans in a time of great need. But these storms (and the fires in the West) will not be the last natural disaster exacerbated by climate change. We are at the dawn of a new and ever more dangerous era.

But there was Mr. Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (let the name of that department sink in for a moment) telling CNN “To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced.” He added, “to use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to this people in Florida.”

He can tell that to the Republican mayor of Miami - a city that may be unsustainable with rising sea waters. Tomás Regalado told the Miami Herald "This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the E.P.A. and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change,” Mr. Regalado does not have the luxury of denying reality. “If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.”

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+33 # chapdrum 2017-09-13 11:49
Surprising that with his vast experience, Mr. Rather continues to take Pruitt and all of the Cabinet frauds seriously. We all know that they are in their positions to "deconstruct the administrative state," and that is what they are doing.
+33 # 2017-09-13 14:43
I am sure Dan Rather does not take Pruitt @ Co. seriously. He understands, however, that the crises of Harvey and Irma present a very good time to urge on a conversation about climate change -- and facing down the assorted climate science deniers. I am glad he is doing it.
+47 # laborequalswealth 2017-09-13 12:29
And all this time we thought the word "conservative" actually meant to "CONSERVE."

+15 # Cassandra2012 2017-09-13 15:04
Quoting laborequalswealth:
And all this time we thought the word "conservative" actually meant to "CONSERVE."


Conservatives 'conserve' nothing; they are merely immoral rightwing extremists interested only in profit at any cost.
+28 # jsluka 2017-09-13 15:41
Conservatives believe in conserving the wealth of the rich, the power of the powerful, and the rights of bigots - that is, the status quo.
+3 # Robbee 2017-09-13 22:31
Quoting jsluka:
Conservatives believe in conserving the wealth of the rich, the power of the powerful, and the rights of bigots - that is, the status quo.

- aha! i knew that if i lived long enough, jsluka would write something so profound (and simple) that i would endorse it with a "thumb up!" - well put!
+14 # ericlipps 2017-09-13 17:51
It does: conserving wealth, power and privilege for those who already have them and for those whom such people deem "deserving." Which is to say, none of us here, and about 99 percent of the people who aren't here.
+1 # James Klimaski 2017-09-13 13:21
The answer to the question is no.
+25 # PABLO DIABLO 2017-09-13 13:39
Some people believe in God without a shred of evidence, but don't believe in "climate change" with mounting evidence. But more important is, do you want to take a chance that "climate change" isn't real?
+12 # chrisconno 2017-09-13 13:50
Doubtful. Recognition requires intelligence. Intelligence requires acceptance of science even if you don't understand all the details. I am not a scientist but I accept that gravity is what hold us here, holds the moon close while physics holds it not too close, and that same concept holds us in orbit around the sun. These politicians are ignorant idiots that accept medical science but not environmental science. Both are too complicated for me to iterate details but evidenced enough for me to recognize effects. We can't keep on the crash corse we are on, we must change our destructive habits. Fossil fuels must be replaced now. We have the scientific capabilities.
+15 # dotlady 2017-09-13 14:06
The officials who deny will not change because their bread is well-buttered by the oil and gas industry, making its last stand.
But a collective of voices who were there on the scene of disasters might make inroads with the general population, which does seem to care because they may be next.
-5 # economagic 2017-09-13 14:26
Since the president* (as Charlie Pierce would have it) almost certainly does not read Mr. Rather's Facebook page, I suggest that Mr. Rather send Mr. Trump a registered letter spelling out his case in more detail. Unfortunately Mr. Rather probably does not read RSN, ESPECIALLY his own articles, as William Boardman almost alone does.
+14 # Jim Rocket 2017-09-13 15:36
I think that Naomi Klein is correct. These people won't be swayed by any events because it runs counter to their world view (or religion, if you prefer) that short-term greed is all that matters.
+3 # chapdrum 2017-09-14 10:33
Indeed, greed "trumps" survival which, in their hubris, they take for granted. Whatever will they make of all the fuss in Florida and Texas?
+26 # boomerjim 2017-09-13 16:03
What's insensitive is refusing to deal with the causes of the disasters. Even more insensitive is to deny what science says about global warming for political reasons and/or idiotic ideological reasons. Record warm ocean waters are clear reasons for the intensity and size of the hurricanes this season, and the problem will grow in future hurricane seasons, not to mention the other disastrous effects, such as sea-level rises. What is truly insensitive is Trump's nomination of idiots like Pruitt to lead important government agencies in a clear effort to destroy those sgencies, and for the Senate to have approved those misappointments . But then, we always knew that Trump, and the GOP Congress, were insensitive.
+6 # Jaax88 2017-09-13 22:18
Elected officials who deny climate change will only change in two circumstances. One, if they think they will lose their next election when the public turns against them. Two, if they fear being charged and convicted of crimes against humanity.

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