The media is getting better at predicting the unpredictable actions of Donald Trump. As everyone expected, he pulled the US from the Paris climate accord.
As usual, there is a very good post about this at Electoral Vote, which everyone should read.
As Electoral Vote puts it, Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal from the climate accords “was a case study in exaggeration, distortion and outright dishonesty—remarkable even by Trumpian standards.” And naturally, Trump’s decision had nothing to do with climate change (which Trump has repeatedly called a “hoax”), or science, or even jobs, it was all about politics. Indeed, Trump’s last phone call before making the announcement was to Fox News to get reassurance that they would have his back.
In the end, Trump has pissed off a majority of Americans, politicians of all stripes, business leaders, world leaders, economists, environmentalists, even conservatives (at least those conservatives who understand the literal meaning of the word “conservative” as conserving our country). The big winner from Trump’s decision seems to be the Chinese, who now have a golden opportunity to replace the US as the leaders in global trade and the environment.
Also published on Medium.
Couldn’t agree more. The Chinese are now in the driver’s seat with regards to climate change which puts them in a position to greatly expand their role in world politics and economies if they play their cards right.
Bloomberg, California, Washington, and New York are coming to the rescue. They are going to defy the government (as in Donald Trump) and continue the efforts with the Paris accord.
Don’t worry, Koch will double their efforts to screw the planet in response.
Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington are on board as well. By my rough math, you’re looking at nearly a third of the U.S. economy (so far) tell Trump to go forth and procreate with himself, in so many words.
Sadly, notycoon is likely correct. Other countries will fill the void left by an America leading from… well, no, we won’t be leading from behind. We’ll be charging headlong in the wrong direction.
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By the way the nerve of mike pence to call this an issue belonging to the left. How many conservatives including conservative CEO’s like immelt condemned the withdrawal? I am appalled that this buffoon along with Trump are two of the most powerful men on this planet. What does this say about us that we elected them? So depressing.