Many of us were both appalled and disgusted to hear that President Trump decided to leave the Paris climate agreement. As if this move wasn’t detrimental enough, understanding Trump’s real reasons will have you boiling!
He basically wanted to say “Fuck you, world!” – And of course, it was about money too!
Michael Grunwald says:
“No, Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from this carefully crafted multilateral compromise was a diplomatic and political slap: It was about extending a middle finger to the world, while reminding his base that he shares its resentments of fancy-pants elites and smarty-pants scientists and tree-hugging squishes who look down on real Americans who drill for oil and dig for coal. He was thrusting the United States into the role of global renegade, rejecting not only the scientific consensus about climate but the international consensus for action, joining only Syria and Nicaragua (which wanted an even greener deal) in refusing to help the community of nations address a planetary problem. Congress doesn’t seem willing to pay for Trump’s border wall—and Mexico certainly isn’t—so rejecting the Paris deal was an easier way to express his Fortress America themes without having to pass legislation.”
Although the Paris Climate Accord is not binding, it is an agreement that says we are with the rest of the world. We are with 194 other nations who say they will do their part to reduce emissions and make the world a healthy and sustainable place – Except that Trump opted us out of it!
As Grunwald says:
“But Trump’s move to abandon it will have a huge impact on the global community’s view of America, and of a president who would rather troll the free world than lead it.”
Although the U.S. could not actually leave the Paris agreement until late 2020 at least, it still sends a huge message to the rest of the world.
No matter what Trump does or whether or not we are in the Paris agreement, coal is not coming back and the business of climate solutions like energy efficient products, sustainable forestry, and carbon capture is expected to be one of the biggest growth sectors of the 21st Century.
So the president is basically saying that we should send clean energy jobs elsewhere – And again, screw you, United States and the rest of the world!
Maybe a simple handshake proves it! Trump met with French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday in Brussels. According to The Associated Press:
“the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white. The French leader held the shake for a few seconds more. Both men’s jaws seemed to clench.”
The handshake got plenty of tweets too:
Couldn't intimidate Macron with a handshake? And Macron told the world Trump is lame. So like a spoiled child, this is Trump's reaction?
— BrwnLady? (@StrawGirl52) May 31, 2017
Watching Macron mess with Trump's handshake on Macron's own Twitter feed is a thing of beauty.
— David (@PermaConfused) May 26, 2017
Add this Macron handshake, take-down to Trump's humiliation. Hand shade was the trip theme but I think Melania walked away with top honors https://t.co/sZiiHXcgs7
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) May 29, 2017
I ♥️ Macron for speaking Trump's language this way. Trump is such a jock/bully with his jerk-and-hold handshake – Macron got him
— Paco Resistor (@pacoresistor) May 25, 2017
In Trump’s speech about pulling out of the Paris Accords, he asininely mentions putting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Michigan, and Youngstown, Ohio before Paris.
That statement is pretty ironic considering all of those counties voted in favor of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, was quick to respond to the president’s speech:
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
Grunwald sums it up well by saying:
“Paris is just an Obama legacy that he can kill, when he doesn’t have the votes to kill Obama’s health reforms or Wall Street regulations or tax hikes on the wealthy. Whatever damage Trump’s climate policies cause to the planet will be collateral damage, shrapnel from his political war on elites and the left and Obama.”
Will we survive Trump’s war on the rest of us?
Watch Trump’s full speech:
Featured image from YouTube video.