Trump just put the United States in the same league as Syria and Nicaragua by pulling our country out of the Paris Climate Treaty Accord.
China, India, and European countries will now lead the world in solving the problems resulting from a warming planet. We are now in company with two third-world countries. Trump has degraded the US. And he did it purely for ideological reasons, and not for the reasons Trump announced today at his press briefing. His ill-informed base will love this, and that's all who embrace his foolish, childish middle finger to the rest of the planet.
The president is a liar, first and foremost. What he gave as his reasons for withdrawing from the agreement are lies. Nothing he says should be believed until proved otherwise.
Therefore, everything he said today was probably a lie.
Trump will make good on a campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, officials say, breaking away from a global effort to reduce greenhouse gases. The decision followed an intense struggle within the administration over the fate of the agreement, with Ivanka Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and business leaders urging the president to remain a party to the accord, and conservatives such as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt calling for an exit.
Business leaders including Apple's Tim Cook and Tesla’s Elon Musk had also lobbied Trump, arguing that the Paris accord's "bottom-up" approach gave the U.S. latitude to adjust its targets and remain within the agreement.
The United States will join two other nations — Syria and Nicaragua — in the U.N. climate group that do not participate in the accord.
Happily, I live in Boston, Massachusetts, and our leaders (including our Republican governor) are enlightened people who deal in facts, not fiction.
MIT officials: Trump misunderstood our climate research
via Daily Kos
New York Times:
Mr. Trump’s policies — the latest of which was his decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change — have dismayed America’s allies, defied the wishes of much of the American business community he pretends to help, threatened America’s competitiveness as well as job growth in crucial industries and squandered what was left of America’s claim to leadership on an issue of global importance.
Here’s Ryan Cooper’s analysis at The Week:
[U]nder Trump the United States has ceded whatever lingering threads of global leadership it had not already shredded by pointless wars of aggression and financial doomsday devices; we are now something of a pariah state. On climate change, it now falls to Europe, China, and India to corral this blundering, addled elephant of a nation, until our janky political machinery can eject Trump and the Republican Party from power.
Tampa Bay Times:
President Donald Trump undermined the nation's security and American leadership in the world with his announcement Thursday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The move amounts to a staggering abdication of this nation's responsibility for the warming climate, and it will encourage more countries and industries to ignore the impact of rising temperatures and seas on public health and safety. While Trump offered a vague commitment to re-enter talks to seek a more favorable deal, that is window-dressing a senseless decision, choosing to stand by his fanciful campaign promises to revive the coal industry rather than working with China and other polluters for the benefit of global health.