Noam Chomsky said Nov. 8 — Election Day in the U.S. — could prove to be crucial in the survival of the human species.
“Three events took place last Nov. 8,” Chomsky said earlier this month, during a lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “One of them was very important. One was extremely important. The third was utterly astonishing.”
That same day, the World Meteorological Organization released a report showing 2011-2015 to be the hottest five-year period on record — hours before an international climate change conference ended without an agreement to enforce the Paris Agreement.
“It had been hoped that they could reshape the verifiable treaty on actions to address climate change, but that couldn’t be done because of a single barrier,” Chomsky said. “It’s called the Republican party.”
Obama had hoped to bypass GOP objections to the treaty, but Chomsky said the Republican-majority Congress refused to accept any verifiable agreements.
Representatives from about 200 nations had hoped to put some teeth into the accord during a United Nations-sponsored conference in Morocco, but their deliberations ended with news of Trump’s election.
“At that point, the deliberations ended, the electoral results came from the United States and the [Marrakech] meeting shifted to another question,” Chomsky said. “Can the world survive when the richest, most powerful country in world history … not only is withdrawing from the effort to try to save the world from destruction, but is undertaking a dedicated commitment to race to the precipice as quickly as possible?”
Chomsky remained hopeful that humanity’s other main existential threat — nuclear war — could be averted despite renewed hostilities between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, but he’s afraid it may be too late to avert climate disaster.
“We might pass a point of no return, soon in fact, when the damage we have caused is uncontrollable,” he said.
WATCH: Trump blurts out a massive lie about Dem congresswomen — after being asked about Melania
President Donald Trump on Friday falsely accused Democratic congresswomen of using the phrase "evil Jews."
Trump ignited a firestorm over the weekend after saying that the congresswomen of color should to "go back" to their countries of origin. At a rally on Wednesday, his supporters chanted "send her back" after Trump attacked one of them, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
But on Friday, Trump insisted the congresswomen were the real racists.
"You know what is racist to me? When somebody goes out and says the horrible things about our country, the people of our country, that are anti-Semitic, that hate everybody, that speak with scorn and hate -- that to me is really a very dangerous thing," Trump said.
Iran says it has seized British oil tanker
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.
Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.
The Revolutionary Guards said they seized the tanker at the request of Iranian maritime authorities for "not following international maritime regulations," state television reported.
Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller
Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"