Whether he’s arguing that President Obama was born in Kenya despite overwhelming documentary proof to the contrary or using a fork to eat pizza even though pizza was clearly designed by God Himself to be eaten by hand, Donald Trump has never shied away from taking the
obviously incorrect more challenging side of a debate. Even the man’s hair refuses to be cowed by conventional wisdom.
And so, with nearly all scientists agreeing that climate change is real, it was not surprising when Trump called the phenomenon a Chinese conspiracy to destroy American economic greatness. Nor was it particularly surprising when he then further thumbed his nose at scientific consensus by planning a $24-million catering hall-restaurant right on Jones Beach, i.e., the precise location where New York City glances haughtily at the Atlantic Ocean and says, “why hello there, nature, I dare you to smite this grand metropolis and find out who wins.“
And then, one day in October, the Atlantic Ocean eventually replied, “Yes, I shall smite you, you penis-shaped little island, you. I shall smite your trendy footwear, I shall smite the refrigeration in your downtown cheese shops and turn them all into stinking, gloppy heaps of rotten foot fungus — but I shall especially smite your beachfronts. And this royal smiting shall be called ‘Sandy.'”
Spoiler alert: Satisfyingly ironic plot twist to follow.
Yesterday, Donald Trump and New York’s parks commissioner Rose Harvey announced jointly that the ‘Trump on the Ocean’ project at Jones Beach (which would have involved the construction of a full basement in violation of building codes) has been officially cancelled due to severe damage from Superstorm Sandy and the prospect of similarly freaky weather events in the future. Said Harvey:
Sandy has opened everyone’s eyes to the potential risks of building directly on the oceanfront…
As we face sea level rise and the threat of future damaging storms, we have concluded that building a major new facility directly on the oceanfront, on the scale of the Trump project, is not prudent policy.