One of the most disarming things about Trump is the shocked paralysis created by the puzzle of stupidity in action. It is testimony to the hold of ideology and this should have been foreseen (and was) in the ‘second stage’ progressive ideological disease witnessed in the work of Ayn Rand. But there was no reason why the capitalist class had to double down on climate change. Capitalism has tended to adapt to its own contradictions or to new circumstances but the response to climate calamity threatens to discredit the whole game.
Much of the success of capitalism lies in the ability of stupid people with money to hire the experts needed to perpetrate the whole charade.
Incoming administration wastes no time in outlining its energy priorities: to support coal, oil and gas development and scrap climate rules