A Bet­ter Deal

Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS - By Chris “Chip” Beeker

we re­ally need to look at closely, be­cause it’s some­thing we need to exit, in my opin­ion.” Why? “It’s a bad deal for Amer­ica. China and In­dia had no obli­ga­tions un­der the agree­ment un­til 2030; we front-loaded all of our costs, at the ex­pense of jobs.”

If Trump would not have pulled away from the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord here is how it would have di­rectly im­pacted our Na­tion. Ac­cep­tance with the terms of the Paris Ac­cord and the own­ers en­ergy re­stric­tions it has placed on the United States could cost Amer­ica as much as 2.7 mil­lion lost jobs by 2025, ac­cord­ing the Na­tional Eco­nomic Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the same study, by 2040 com­pli­ance with the com­mit­ments put into place by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion would cut pro­duc­tion for the fol­low­ing sec­tors: pa­per down by 12 per­cent, ce­ment down by 23 per­cent, iron and steel down by 38 per­cent, coal down by 86 per­cent, nat­u­ral gas down by 31 per­cent, and en­ergy costs up by 20 per­cent. Not only did this deal sub­ject the cit­i­zens of the United States to harsh eco­nomic re­stric­tion, it fails to live up the en­vi­ron­ment ideas we have in place as a na­tion.

Un­der the agree­ment, China would have been al­lowed to build hun­dreds of ad­di­tional coal plants, and In­dia would have been al­lowed to dou­ble its coal pro­duc­tion by 2020, while we were sup­posed to get rid of ours. In the agree­ment, it does not elim­i­nate coal jobs; it just trans­fers all of the jobs out­side of the United States. The agree­ment is less about the cli­mate and more about other coun­tries gain­ing fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage over our na­tion.

In Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” he quoted this on fight­ing back. “When peo­ple treat me badly or un­fairly or try to take ad­van­tage of me, my gen­eral at­ti­tude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard. The risk is you’ll make a bad sit­u­a­tion worse, and I cer­tainly don’t rec­om­mend this ap­proach to ev­ery­one. But my ex­pe­ri­ence is that if you’re fight­ing for some­thing you be­lieve in, even if it means alien­at­ing some peo­ple along the way, things usu­ally work out for the best in the end.”

Pres­i­dent Trump is hold­ing him­self ac­count­able to his word he de­liv­ered to the Amer­i­can peo­ple as he took of­fice, he will al­ways put Amer­ica first. The Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord with­drawal landed it­self as a land­mark in the news but Trump is hold­ing true to his prom­ise and made a bet­ter deal.

The opin­ions con­tained in the at­tached ar­ti­cle are those of Alabama Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sioner Chris “Chip” Beeker, Jr. and are not nec­es­sar­ily the opin­ions of any other per­son as­so­ci­ated with the Alabama Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion. Thoughts to pon­der on a sleep­less night sub­mit­ted by a lo­cal reader.

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