Trump Of­fi­cially With­draws From Paris Climate Ac­cord

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Trump has done as promised and of­fi­cially with­drawn the U.S. from the Paris Climate Ac­cord that would have re­quired the U.S. to re­duce car­bon emis­sions and help de­vel­op­ing na­tions adapt to climate change.

While Trump has pre­vi­ously claimed that global warm­ing is a Chi­nese con­spir­acy and that the Earth is not ac­tu­ally warm­ing and the climate is not chang­ing, he cer­tainly knows bet­ter on some level.

On June 1st Trump gave an id­i­otic speech in which he gave his jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for with­draw­ing from the agree­ment. He claimed that re­duc­ing emis­sions would harm Amer­i­can in­dus­try, in­clud­ing in­dus­tries that are es­sen­tially non-ex­is­tent in the U.S.

His speech was full of lies, dis­tor­tions and halftruths and omit­ted im­por­tant facts. Other than the fact that climate change and global warm­ing is very real, Trump ne­glected to men­tion:

1. The green en­ergy in­dus­try al­ready em­ploys sub­stan­tially more peo­ple than the car­bon fuel in­dus­try.

2. Meet­ing the obli­ga­tions un­der the Paris agree­ment would gen­er­ate vastly more jobs and cre­ate an eco­nomic boom that would pay for it­self in en­ergy sav­ings, re­duced climate mit­i­ga­tion costs, re­duced health-care costs and greater in­ter­na­tional trade in new tech­nolo­gies and prod­ucts.

3. Other na­tions will ul­ti­mately boy­cott Amer­i­can prod­ucts due to their high car­bon in­put.

The only in­dus­try that will ben­e­fit from Trump's de­ci­sion is the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try and the ben­e­fit will be short-lived. As the rest of the world rapidly re­duces its re­liance on fos­sil fu­els, the price of oil, nat­u­ral gas and coal will re­main low or de­cline even fur­ther. Many car­bon en­ergy com­pa­nies know this and have al­ready shifted a ma­jor por­tion of their in­vest­ments into green en­ergy.

Trump's ac­tions con­firm Amer­i­cans' worst fears about the man and this re­al­iza­tion should spur more into ac­tion. The im­peach­ment move­ment will cer­tainly grow faster af­ter Trump's lat­est demon­stra­tion of his mal­ice and stu­pid­ity.

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