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Climate Change Is Apparently Only A Problem If You Travel Overseas – OpEd

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To most Americans, climate change and horrible air pollution is a myth, a mere conspiracy theory wherein the “globalists” and the “oligarchs” of the world are trying to enact global treaties for carbon emission taxation and penalties designed to usher in a “global new world order government.”

This was the main reason the American people really did not shed a tear or even whimper when the United States recently left the Paris Climate Accord Treaty which was under the purview of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

However there was a major point to President Donald Trump’s decision to leave this Agreement on or about June 2017 because by and large, the United States is a safe and healthy haven for climate control and emissions standards thanks to the wonderful work of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and other heroic federal, state and local agencies designed to monitor and keep under control greenhouse gas and carbon emissions to keep America’s air as pure as possible.

So to that end, because the U.S. is a very responsible and self-monitoring nation, its carbon emission is actually very much under control, and it is not a pressing matter as other issues seem to be.

Added to the mix is the fact that the major carbon emitter nations are third and second world countries who desperately care more about their rapid economic growth, rather than the long-term ill effects on the health of their people, the American people are even more far removed from this pressing issue of the day, because quite frankly, they don’t really see or experience it on a daily basis.

However, the real pivotal issue is this – unless the typical American (or even European, South American or African) visits and actually sees, breaths, and experiences the literal toxic waste dump that is the surrounding air situation in China and India, the globe’s greatest, largest, and most egregious offenders, one has absolutely no idea how dire the situation actually is.

Because when one steps off the airplane in either India or China, one is immediately hit by a “wall” of pea-soup like, thick, horrific mass of white, brown, viscous, and oppressive smog of carbon-based particulates and dirt right in the face, and the assault on one’s lungs begins.

Over the month of November 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump visited Asia, there were reports emanating out of India and China that showed that their people literally could not even see their hands before their eyes, and wherein the air quality was tantamount to smoking “50 cigarettes per day,” and where India was even forced to implement near-martial law by ordering all automobiles off the road on alternate days, and also ordering farmers to cease and desist from mass burnings of their agricultural fields after their harvests which were causing massive eruptions and belchings of carbon-based toxic emissions and thick black smoke into the air, rising high into the atmosphere above the Himalayan mountains and even co-mingling with China’s already heavy carbon-based emissions to literally blind and choke off the populations of both nations, each having more than 1 billion people, and covering a massive part of the earth’s land mass.

Empirical data and studies were showing that the acceptable carbon emissions were being blown away by sometimes as high as 7-800 times the normal rate, in the incredibly dangerous phase, and people literally could not see their own hands in front of their own faces.

How this massive earth-shattering problem manages to escape the American psyche is truly a gargantuan problem, because the Americans lead the way in terms of global governance, international treaties and world consciousness about problems that require fixing.

If the U.S.A. pulls out, or loses interest in certain topics, then for some reason, that topic/issue dies a slow, painful death, doomed to the realm of obscurity, and forgotten forever.

The problem is that air quality is a global phenomenon, and bad, dirty, carbon-filled air and smog travel all around the world, and is not confined to just the Americas.

The slow encapsulating “black death” of dangerously high carbon-emissions and chokingly bad air quality are enveloping the United States like a frog sitting in slowly heated and then boiling water, wherein the proverbial frog is dead before he even knows it.

While Americans generally stare up at blue skies and bask in the glory of the relatively clean utopian American ecosystem thanks to the heroic and timeless work of the EPA and other agencies, they remain completely and totally oblivious to the slow, creeping, imminent and impending black death approaching their shores in the form of hellish carbon emissions coming over from Asia.

To that extent, it was quite understandable when President Donald Trump encountered little to no resistance when he announced his pullout from the aforementioned international climate treaty, because Americans don’t really see this problem in front of their faces.

But Americans must understand and internalize that this issue is now only a few days/weeks/years away from permanent damage not only to the world’s resources, wildlife, fisheries, trees, and land masses, but also is directly responsible for human ills such as cancer, birth defects, shortened life spans, infant mortality, heart and lung disease, emotional and mental problems, and numerous countless health concerns and problems that will be impossible to reverse or fix.

It is vitally important that Americans both read and educate themselves more about this, if not travel more, because the clock is literally ticking away to the point of irreversible death and destruction, when even the EPA and America’s geographical isolation from the rest of the world will no longer be able to either save us, or allow us to remain in our collective state of delusional self-denial about what is actually happening, and going on in this world.


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Rahul Manchanda

Rahul Manchanda

Rahul D. Manchanda, Esq, was ranked among Top Attorneys in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2012 and 2013. Manchanda worked for one of the largest law firms in Manhattan where he focused on asbestos litigation. At the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Manchanda was exposed to international trade law, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and comparisons of the American common law with European civil law.

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