Stephen Hawking, 375 scientists slam Trump for backing ‘Parexit’

Sep 26, 2016

By David Wright

A group of 375 “concerned” scientists — including famed physicist Stephen Hawking — released an open letter Tuesday sharply criticizing Donald Trump, citing the threat of climate change and blasting his push for the US to leave the Paris Accord.

“It is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord. A ‘Parexit’ would send a clear signal to the rest of the world: ‘The United States does not care about the global problems of human-caused climate change. You are on your own,'” the group wrote on the website

The use of the term “Parexit” is a reference to a political withdrawal along the lines of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, commonly called the “Brexit.”

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8 comments on “Stephen Hawking, 375 scientists slam Trump for backing ‘Parexit’

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    Robert Firth says:

    I wouldn’t worry. The Paris Accord is a sham. There are no binding commitments, no monitoring mechanism, and no enforcement mechanism. Its only effect will be to siphon even more mony out of the developed countries for corrupt politicians to steal or waste..

    It supposedly will keep global warming to less than 1.5C, but that is a sick joke: if we discount the cooling currently provided by industrial pollution, we are already over that limit. And whatever we do, we are on track for a rise of at least 4C.

    Oh yes – President Trump cannot pull the US out of the Paris Accord, because they are not a party to the Accord. To become a party would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which Obama didn’t even try to get. His personal “ratification” is blatantly unconstitutional, and has no meaning.

    And when did Stephen Hawking become a climatologist?

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  • And when did Stephen Hawking become a climatologist?

    In being an expert in his own field he knows the difference between expert knowledge and Ordinary Joe’s knowledge.

    His position is one of promoting the expertise of others over fuckwittery.

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  • The first prerequisite of a sales person aspiring politician or con-artist is to know what their target group wants to hear.

    Trump is a vote junkie who will spout whatever any given audience has gathered to hear him say.

    But he appears not to understand that it’s all on record; the other night Clinton was quoting him and he was asking her where she got the quotes from; the horse’s mouth, bonehead!

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  • And when did Stephen Hawking become a climatologist?

    Roughly the same time as Bill Nye, I reckon, because…

    His position is one of promoting the expertise of others over fuckwittery.

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  • These “Accords” or cooperative efforts within a Global Community are simply a means of expressing a willingness to work together for a common good.

    Called in some circles ethics or morals. Participating sends a message, as the scientists state.

    A message only …

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  • @#6 – So next they need to distance themselves from his barmy cluelessness on finance!

    The world urgently needs some responsible regulation of banking, to organise and motivate long-term investment in public assets, and mitigate losses from climate change – and to discourage the sort of short-term “casino banking” which caused the credit crunch!

    Those with a modicum of intelligence, might recognise that someone from the casino business , whose companies have gone bust four times, is probably one of the LEAST qualified people to lead the world in conducting such a task!

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  • Alan,

    How could I not like para1?

    Para 2…. But, of course!!! Excellent point.

    I watched The Big Short the other night. This great insight into casino banking ably illustrates the flat out criminality that all casinos attract. I fully recommend it to all. I learned new stuff (the appalling complicity of the Ratings Agencies with the Banks…because, of course….in such agencies being commercially established, so being in competition with each other, means the ones doing what the banks want get the business.) More could have been put in, not least a commentary of why big chips were needed for the gamble and I guess a little more moral judgement could have been passed on the wise wolves, the protagonists, bursting the 2008 bubble. They were still Wall Street wolves. I guess we needed to like them along the way to put in the effort to understand.

    This is not Anchorman. Carell is not Brick.

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