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Beatrice Rangel: Of Course, There is No Climate Change
Former Venezuela Presidential Chief of Staff Beatrice Rangel explains the changes of political climate in the USA, UK, Caribbean and Venezuela.

By Beatrice E. Rangel

As president Trump resolutely marches towards reelection, environmental change seems to have become the party spoiler.

A not so sudden mass killing by a disturbed human being in El Paso and in Dayton underlined the need to end polarization and bring the country together.

Should Americans draw the conclusion that they need a unifier and a tranquilizer, Mr. Trump might fail to fit the profile.

Thus, despite his lack of belief in climate change and its destructive effects, he could find that change in the political climate could hurt his reelection drive.

In England Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson might also face a sudden climate change.

While his ascent to Downing Street was closely followed by an inordinate proportion of Britons (70%), this by no means implies support for him … or for Brexit.

It rather is the attention splash that follows an incredible occurrence when it happens.

Given his colorful personality, Mr Johnson represents a break with the dour three years of Theresa May's premiership. Thus, the avid consumption of news about him and his plans.

All polls however indicate that in the aftermath of Mr Johnson's appointment, young people flocked to register as voters. When asked why they were mobilizing, 72% indicated that they intended to stop Brexit as they identified Brexit as the worst threat to their wellbeing after climate change.

And as comrade Mao would put it, the grass is growing around Mr Johnson's garden, where he has packed his cabinet with Brexit loyalists in a clear sign that he does not believe in political climate change. A never seen before Tsunami of young people might be in the making to prove him wrong.

In the Caribbean little has been done to reinforce the infrastructure to protect lives and the economy.

Indeed, everyone in this blessed basin was expecting El Nino to tame tropical storms before they turn into hurricanes. But it seems that instead of El Nino what will envelop the region is La Nina -- which is the mother fairy for hurricanes.

Having failed to pay heed to the signals sent by Irma and Maria in 2017, countries in the Caribbean might soon confront the destructive visit of a La Nina nurtured hurricanes that wipe away progress made in bolstering transpacific trade and tourism.

In Venezuela Mr Maduro -- who has given ample proof that he is by no means affected by public opinion or voting intentions -- seems to be searching for the fire escape after all.

He knows he is about to experience a sudden climate change.

U.S. sanctions will most likely put his supporters out of business, who will sooner rather than later turn against him -- if they have not already begun to do so.

And while Mr Maduro seems to be desperately searching for an escape, his Cuban masters have decreed immolation. A martyr is a much better ideological currency than an exiled leader.

If you do not think so compare the following and intellectual appeal of Manuel Zelaya to that of Che Guevara. For Maduro a sudden climate change in the military could indeed spell havoc to him, his family and his retinue.

Perhaps it is now time to set his eyes on the cold Russian steppes. This would definitely be a rather creative climate change.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.


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