I don’t want to out kick my coverage on this because he hasn’t made a “decision” yet but the answer seems pretty simple, the United States should not withdraw from Paris climate agreement. I don’t know if Trump is trying to build-up the suspense on this or is going for some sort of sick theatrics “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (Trump tweet 5-31-17) but any answer other than staying in is a dumb ass decision and we all know he is capable of making dumb ass decisions.
For the uninitiated, the goals of the Paris Agreement are;
- Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change
- Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production
- Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
The long and short of the agreement is as an incentive for and driver of fossil fuel divestment, meaning countries will work towards finding other sources of clean power, not oil, and not coal. Hell China, one of if not the worst air polluting countries in the world is leading the charge on this. Why? Because, believe it or not, China looks beyond today into tomorrow. China understands that global warming is not “fake news” and they are going to make a buck or a billion by developing clean, alternative energy sources that the rest of the world will have to buy some day.
Who else knows that pulling out of the Paris Agreement is a bad idea? Chevron, Exxon, BP, DuPont, Dow Chemical Company, Microsoft, Apple, and Google just to name a few.
For Trump the reason to withdraw, or so he says, is about money. He claims the other countries aren’t paying their fair share; “It’s not a fair situation because [other countries] are paying virtually nothing and we are paying massive amounts of money.” This seems to be a common refrain for Trump, re. NATO, and the United Nations. He is just to good to us, trying to MAGA and saving us all that money. In the meantime we continue to foot the bill for weekends in Mar-a-Lago, and what appeared to be a nine-day trip for everyone in the White House to the Middle East and Europe. Again, he is just too good to us.
Despite all of his “Deplorable” campaign promises Coal is not the future just as the FAX machine is not the future. I truly do not understand why he so insistent on pushing us backwards rather than forward. Why would he want to support such a deadly industry as coal mining. Hold on, I know the answer, votes. We should be teaching kids in West Virginia and Wyoming about computer programming, electrical engineering, and automation, preparing them for a new energy future rather than keeping them trapped in an 18th century black hole.
Mr. President, the answer is very simple, remain in and support the Paris Agreement. As a 70-year-old man you may not live long enough to regret withdrawing but your 11-year-old son could be forced to live and breath with your shortsighted decision just as my children and grandchildren will.