Global melt­down

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - REBECCA HAGELIN ● Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@re­bec­c­a­hagelin.com.

The planet is in the midst of a melt­down. Not an en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ferno, but a hys­ter­i­cal, crazed, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect one. When Pres­i­dent Trump va­cated the United States’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the rot­ten Paris cli­mate “deal” last week, the me­dia and many in­ter­na­tional and even lib­eral state lead­ers seemed to spon­ta­neously com­bust. You could al­most see the steam ris­ing, not from the seas but from their ears.

Their seething anger at our pres­i­dent’s re­fusal to prac­tice in­sane, open im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies that only in­crease dan­ger to in­no­cent cit­i­zens, boiled over when he also re­jected the inane man­date to per­mit the world’s big­gest pol­luters to in­crease their dam­age to the earth — all at U.S. ex­pense.

A few CEOs of large Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions also threw them­selves on the rag­ing fire as they re­signed in protest from pres­i­den­tial coun­cils and pledged to vol­un­tar­ily up­hold the el­e­ments of the Paris agree­ment on their own.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, in an­tic­i­pa­tion that Mr. Trump would have the gump­tion to free us from the agree­ment, pro­claimed the as­ton­ish­ing and “hor­rific” news that Ger­many would have to take care of it­self. Imag­ine that — a world leader say­ing that she be­lieves she should ac­tu­ally have to lead her na­tion to greater in­de­pen­dence.

Think about those two re­ac­tions for a mo­ment: CEOs vol­un­teer­ing to be more en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble, and the head of a na­tion vow­ing that her coun­try would be­come more re­spon­si­ble for its own destiny.

Although made in anger and meant as threats by those who made them, if those two prom­ises are up­held, they would be a huge step for­ward for hu­man­ity and for the en­vi­ron­ment.

As we pray for Great Bri­tain as the vic­tim of re­peated ter­ror­ist at­tacks, we should pray that all na­tions will be­gin to take de­ci­sive real mea­sures to pro­tect their peo­ple, their cul­tures, their economies and the en­vi­ron­ment.

It’s about time more Amer­i­can com­pa­nies take ad­di­tional vol­un­tary mea­sures to stop pol­lut­ing too. In fact, be­cause some com­pa­nies and states made clean wa­ter and air a pri­or­ity on their own years ago, the United States is cur­rently a leader among all na­tions in clean en­ergy.

And the an­gry state­ments from busi­ness and state lead­ers here at home, say­ing that they can do the job them­selves, only prove the pres­i­dent’s point: Amer­i­cans can and will con­tinue to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment with­out be­ing held hostage by the re­quire­ments of the one-sided deal Pres­i­dent Barack Obama fool­ishly agreed to, which would have cost some $3 tril­lion of our tax dol­lars to ful­fill. They also prove that Amer­ica can con­tinue to learn and be­come bet­ter stew­ards of our nat­u­ral re­sources, with­out the loss of 6.5 mil­lion in­dus­trial sec­tor jobs that would have re­sulted from Mr. Obama’s bad deal.

Mr. Trump demon­strated that he be­lieves in sound science, sound eco­nomics and re­spon­si­ble, ef­fec­tive ways to cre­ate a cleaner Amer­ica by choos­ing Scott Pruitt, one of the most in­tel­li­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­pi­ons on the face of the earth, to head the EPA. And last week the pres­i­dent showed the world that the whims, de­sires and rag­ing de­mands of world lead­ers will not be paid for by the sweat and toil of Amer­i­can work­ers.

Even as lead­ers in Euro­pean Union coun­tries con­tinue to al­low their her­itage and na­tions to be set ablaze and be­come breed­ing grounds for ter­ror­ists by al­low­ing an in­flux of unchecked, un­screened throngs from hos­tile na­tions, they mis­tak­enly as­sumed that hard-work­ing Amer­i­cans would al­ways come to their fi­nan­cial res­cue and fund their global wish lists.

And while they con­tinue to ad­here to a doc­u­ment that al­lows a dan­ger­ous na­tion like China, one of the world’s big­gest pol­luters, to be­come stronger and in­crease its pol­lu­tion lev­els un­til 2030, they fully ex­pected the United States to pay some $3 bil­lion to a U.N. cli­mate slush fund. As the re­al­ity that a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency means Amer­ica will no longer be snook­ered con­tin­ues to set in, they stomp their feet like spoiled chil­dren and shake their fists at the most benev­o­lent coun­try the world has ever seen.

With the pow­er­ful and wise lead­er­ship demon­strated by Mr. Trump that lib­er­ated us from the clutches of the Paris ac­cord, the un­mis­tak­able mes­sage has been de­liv­ered: The United States will not be held cap­tive by rot­ten “deals” that en­dan­ger our cit­i­zens and cur­tail our free­dom. We will pro­tect our bor­ders, our peo­ple, our econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment on our own terms. We will not put Amer­i­can lives or liveli­hoods at risk to inane and in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cally cor­rect im­mi­gra­tion or en­vi­ron­men­tal dic­tates.

When the hot-headed world lead­ers cool off a bit, we should pray that they will re­al­ize that the very best, safest and clean­est days are ahead of them if they fol­low Amer­ica’s ex­am­ple in prac­tic­ing the prin­ci­ples of eco­nomic lib­erty, the pro­tec­tion of na­tional sovereignty and ef­fec­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies.

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