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In some ways it doesn’t matter very much that Trump pulled the US out of the Paris agreement on climate. As he acknowledged in his statement: “As of today, the U.S. will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial burdens.” – it was not binding. And it is not like America was doing very much; Even the President who signed it couldn’t get much done. Everybody is all worked up about it but as Chris Turner tweets,
I agree Trump’s Paris decision is terrible, but I’m a bit surprised how hard my timeline’s taking it. This verges on mainstream GOP policy
A lot of people we admire are going out on a limb to criticize the decision, even though they do billions of dollars of business with the government. For GE this is unusually brave,
Elon Musk took a lot of heat for advising Trump and stuck to his guns, that alternate voices should be heard, but even he has had enough.
Most importantly, this is not about Donald Trump. It is about Senator Snowball and the entire Republican party that have been denying climate change. Chris Turner again:
GOP is party of Jim Inhofe, until recently Senate Enviro Committee chair. “Chinese hoax” is mild compared to Inhofe’s thoughts on climate
And as Sami noted, We will always have Paris. Jeffery Immelt and Elon Musk are not alone; states, cities, people all over America are still committed. Even in Pittsburgh, singled out by Trump, responds:
William Shakespeare nailed it:
is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
He is just a showboat; the real problem is the party that has fought against the reality of climate change for decades. Clinton couldn’t get Kyoto signed, and Obama couldn’t get a carbon tax even on the table. The real problem is not in the White House.