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Trump has done as promised and officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord that would have required the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions and help developing nations adapt to climate change.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