So Trump pulls US out of Paris Accord. Does it matter?

02 Jun

by Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) –

Trump and pruitt

© SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images/ Watch out for the guy on the right

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

Trump’s a preposterous outlier on many things, but as I’ve said before, the GOP is and long has been the world’s foremost climate denial org

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,

Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.

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.

Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.

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

Trump is an unmitigated disaster of a president. But this one doesn’t hang on him alone. GOP primed the climate denial pump hard for decades

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:

As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. 

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.


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