Doomsday Clock says Trump’s time is up

Just this month, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock forward again, this time by 20 seconds, leaving just 100 more ticks to Adios Mother Earth.

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The Doomsday Clock in 2002, when it was set at seven minutes to midnight.

The Doomsday Clock in 2002, when it was set at seven minutes to midnight.

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The Doomsday Clock, created at the University of Chicago by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947, is intended to metaphorically alert mankind to our march toward midnight, signaling nuclear annihilation.

Originally set at seven minutes to midnight, it retreated as far away as 17 minutes from Armageddon with the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, after reaching just two minutes till midnight in 1953 at the height of the Cold War.

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In 2007, the Bulletin began considering climate change, which along with the lack of nuclear disarmament kept edging the minute hand forward.

In 2016, when 88,000 voters in three swing states ushered a climate denier and nuclear agreement withdrawer into the White House, the Bulletin again set the Doomsday Clock to two minutes before midnight. And just this month the Bulletin moved the clock forward again, this time by 20 seconds, leaving just 100 more ticks to Adios Mother Earth.

Why?Because the man in the White House withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, feverishly promotes fossil fuel development, withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and marched the U.S. to the brink of war with Iran.

The Doomsday Clock appears to be telling us all that it’s time for him to go.

Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn

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