Peckman: What pandemic teaches us about climate change

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Bob Peckman

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By Bob Peckman
Peckman is a retired physicist and engineer. He lives in Roanoke.
Trump did not create the virus, but his lack of leadership resulted in economic and humanitarian disaster. More than 250,000 Americans are dead and we have the highest number of cases in the world.Why are we among the world losers? Do not say that Trump was sabotaging our country. That is just as silly and counter-productive as saying that Biden wants riots and late-term abortions.From Trump’s recently revealed comments, I think we can assume that he was telling reassuring lies to avoid upsetting the economy. He certainly has no qualms about panicking people by accusing Democrats of doing unimaginable things, as evidenced by the greater increase in gun sales.Trump threw out Obama’s pandemic-response plan, shuttering the pandemic warning office in the National Security Council. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pulled our virus-watchers from China just months before the pandemic began, and he dismantled the stockpile of protective equipment. He did all these things to redirect some money back into the economy. While claiming a grand economy, we have borrowed at high rates and …

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