Category Archives: Climate Crisis

Another Statement on the Climate Crisis

February 16, 2020

I believe the climate crisis is the biggest issue facing humanity, and is a fact rather than a belief or opinion. CO2 is about 50% of the issue when it comes to greenhouse gases, with water vapor, methane, CFCs, and others also contributing. We’ve gone from 280 parts-per-million to 415 in record time—more quickly than what has happened in millions of years if ever to earth on its own. Disasters are already happening. We have climate refugees from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico right here in Central Florida. People are dying of heat, with heat waves occurring in places such as Europe that don’t have air conditioning. As young people we face a harsh future. About half of all CO2 humans have ever emitted has taken place in the past 35 years, and of course there were only 3 billion people in 1960 compared to 7.5 billion now. Emissions continue to climb and cuts should have began 30 years ago, but it’s better late than never to begin them now. Renewable energy thus far is just getting tacked on while fossil fuel use stays steady or increases. At the same time, we keep developing and rebuilding risky coastal and fire-prone lands such as in Tampa Bay, South Florida, and California. I encourage you to get involved and to educate others about the climate crisis. Remember—it’s a verifiable fact, not a belief, opinion, religion, or political device.

Richard Thripp, Ph.D.
Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress (FL-06)
Adjunct Faculty, University of Central Florida


Here are a couple of my rebuttals to common talking points from climate change deniers. I used to be a climate denier too before I learned the facts.

Commentator: Our climate has ALWAYS been changing throughout its existence. Multiple ice ages have come & gone (extreme in my lowly opinion) prior to human emergence. Typical major volcanic eruption spews more “greenhouse” gases & particulates into the atmosphere than mankind’s history. Each have caused couple degree shifts in global average temperature. But the major influence on our climate is the ever changing solar output bathing our atmosphere. Mankind is but a flea-sized affect compared to the giant Sun. That is the Earth/Space science that needs to be taught!

Richard Thripp: Going from approximately 280 ppm to 415 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere is unprecedented in millions of years and was caused by humans, mostly in the past 40 years!

Commentator: if this was true.. WHY WOULD ANYONE BUILD ON THE COAST! , no bank would loan you money, no investors would build high rises… even Obama bought waterfront property

Richard Thripp: This is not true. Just because a lot of people and institutions are operating stupidly does not make them right. For example, big insurance companies got long-term care insurance wrong, severely underpricing it, and they lost a fortune.

Remarks on Florida and the Climate Crisis

Brief remarks on Florida and the climate crisis:

The oceans are hotter causing rapid intensification of hurricanes such as Michael that landed as a category 5 which was unexpected for the panhandle. Eight inches of sea level rise so far has narrowed beaches and is endangering the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, and more to come. Heat facilitates spread of mosquitoes, Zika virus, and other threats. We are also expanding our population and developing coastal, low lying, and dangerous areas at a furious pace. We have approximately 40% of the USA’s coastal property by valuation. “Managed retreat” or at least not expanding human presence in at-risk areas would be smart. Instead, we continue marching unarmed into an open field to be slaughtered by the ramifications of the climate crisis.

Northeast Volusia Democratic Photo and Recent Tweets on Corporate Welfare, Medicaid Restrictions, and Climate Crisis

Richard Thripp, Paul, and Clint Curtis at recent meeting

Great meeting at the Northeast Volusia Democratic Club last night (January 23, 2020). I gave a good speech but forgot to have it filmed. 😐 Next time. Pictured here from left to right: Richard Thripp (me), Paul, an environmental advocate, and my opponent in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 6th Congressional district, Clint Curtis.

Here are several of my recent tweets against corporate welfare, Medicaid restrictions in Florida, and denial of the climate crisis:

Now thanks to tax cuts and giveaways to the rich and massive military spending, Trump is putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block, restricting access to ACA subsidies, SNAP, and more. Remember he promised a balanced budget… But no one remembers now.

This latest move shows that Republicans are not pro-life at all. We can’t let adults who qualify receive Medicaid unless they apply in the same month when we could offer 90 days retroactivity? They might not be conscious or able within the same calendar month leading to crushing debt.

Remember that without health insurance you get billed the HIGHEST rates. An air ambulance could get billed to Medicaid/Medicare or health insurance at a negotiated rate of $6,000 but they will send an uninsured person a $50,000 bill. Medical debt causes MANY bankruptcies.

Those who say the Green New Deal is radical and impossible should take note: The situation we have now is SUICIDE. Radical planet-wide reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gases as well as sequestration should have begun at least 30 years ago! Many have & will suffer and die.

Congressional Candidate Richard Thripp’s Speech at the Mary McLeod Bethune Gala, January 17, 2020

Here is my candidate introduction speech at the 2nd annual Mary McLeod Bethune gala at The Center at Deltona on January 17, 2020, at which Congresswoman Val Demings (D, FL-10) and Representative Anna V. Eskamani (D, FL HD 47) also spoke! I am running as a Democrat for Florida’s 6th district which includes Volusia and Flagler counties as well as parts of St. Johns and Lake counties (Daytona Beach, Deltona, Palm Coast, Bunnell, New Smryna Beach, Edgewater, etc.).

Good evening everyone. My name is Richard Thripp, and I’m running for the Democratic nomination for United States House of Representatives in the 6th district [of Florida]. Hopefully we’ll give Michael Waltz real competition. He had a great competitor last time and we know it’s a difficult district, but remember that we’ve got to get young people involved in politics. We have to raise important issues. And, most importantly, the climate crisis. Our children and grandchildren will look back on us, and they’ll say either that we made a change—it looks very late at this time, but there’s still time to make a change—or that we let the world go down in flames.

I’m a teacher educator at the University of Central Florida, and I have just completed my Ph.D. in Education last month. I’m 28 years old, and my wife Kristy’s in the audience, and we have a 10-month-old baby boy at home. He’s got 4 teeth coming in all at once, so he’s really unhappy right now. Anyway, you’ll be seeing a lot—I don’t know if you’ve seen me online, but people have—but I’m coming out to clubs, and I’m coming out to caucuses and events.

As you know, just yesterday or the day before, Virginia passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It’s very historic. This amendment has been basically dormant since 1978. And tomorrow, we’ll be marching in Flagler Beach for women’s rights, and also, Ambassador Nancy Soderberg will be speaking there too. I know you’ve got the [Dr. Martin Luther King] breakfast here. We’ve got lots of stuff going on. But, I look forward to that, I look forward to campaigning, and to raising important issues for this district, for Florida, for the entire country, and for the planet.

Thanks to my wife Kristy for recording this video.