On The U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Accord – Part I

Mr. Donald Trump has just made what is arguably the worst decision of his short, yet too-long, presidency.  He has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Accords.  He has decided that there will be ZERO commitment from the United States to control and reverse the lethal effects of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.  He has, in essence, announced that the United States will do absolutely nothing to save the planet on which we live.  But wait … it is even worse than that.  Mr. Donald Trump, the man who swore his goal was to “make America safe again”, has just made a decision that erodes our national security.  Mr. Donald Trump is a fool and an imbecile.

There are many angles that need to be considered, and to do so in a single post would be unwieldy, at best, indigestible for certain.  This post is Part I, and there will be at least one more, possibly two in the coming days.  To some extent, I want to put some time and distance between the announcement and my writing, because there will be fallout over the next few days that may affect what I write.  But for today, I am addressing some general thoughts and reactions from others here in the U.S.

There are 196 or 195 countries on this globe, depending on how you feel about Taiwan.  Of these, all but two, Nicaragua and Syria, signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.  Donald Trump brings that number to 3 … we are now aligned only with Nicaragua and Syria on the most important issue of the century!  And do you know WHY Trump made this disastrous decision?  There may be a subset of reasons, most having to do with his uber-rich friends in the fossil fuel and auto industries, but the main reason … the driving force behind his decision … is that he is pulling out of the Paris Accords simply because our last president, the one with a brain in his skull, signed it in 2015.  That’s right, folks … Trump promised his supporters that he would erase all signs that President Obama ever existed, thus if President Obama’s name is on it, it must go. A fourth-grade playground mentality has no place in the world of international relations and governance.  Go, Trump … go back to your playground with your filthy rich, hedonistic friends, and get out of our lives.

The U.S. is the world’s second largest contributor to carbon emissions, second only to China, and the highest contributor per capita on the globe.  We put more harmful filth into the environment, doing more than our share to destroy the planet, but we are unwilling to do any part to help correct the problem.

I firmly believe that none other than Steven K. Bannon was the driving force behind this decision.  Remember Bannon’s comment when talking to a New York University academic?

“I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

Well, who knew that he also meant to destroy the very environment upon which we must depend for our lives?

Trump considers himself to be the ultimate deal-maker, as he wrote in his first published book, The Art of the Deal.  So, in his announcement this afternoon, he said that he intends to negotiate a new “fair” deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers.

“In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord… but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States. So we’re getting out but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”

Less than two hours after his announcement, French President Emmanuel Macron told Trump in a phone call that the Paris climate deal could not be renegotiated and that while France would continue to work with Washington, it would no longer discuss climate issues with the United States.  I suspect the rest of the western nations will respond similarly.  It is either/or, all or nothing at all.  This is not a business deal, not a child’s game.  This is the very life of our planet and it is far too serious to allow Trump, the man with no values, to call the shots.

The line “In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America …” is an extreme oxymoron.  With his words, his actions today and also last week in Brussels and Italy, what he has actually accomplished is to make the U.S. far more vulnerable.  When Trump refused to affirm our commitment to Article 5 at the NATO conference last week, he created a huge rift between us and our allies.  Article 5 stipulates that the G7 countries will come to the aid of any other G7 country that is attacked by a foreign entity.  Trump would not make that commitment, choosing instead to berate the other nations and claim that they “owed” money to the U.S.  Nothing could be further from the truth, but then, when has truth ever mattered to Donald Trump?  According to Foreign Policy magazine, it was an attack against all of NATO. The one thing that should be obvious to even the least enlightened citizen is that if we will not commit to help our allies in their time of need, how can we reasonably expect them to come to our aid?

And now that he has announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Accords, he has just driven another nail, perhaps ultimately the final nail, into the coffin.  Let us take a look at some reactions from the home front.

Two groups notably applauded Trump’s announcement:  the coal lobby, whose spokesman said, “We support President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. The previous administration volunteered to meet one of the most stringent goals of any country in the world, while many other countries do far less to reduce their emissions. Meeting President Obama’s goal would have led to more regulations, higher energy prices, and dependence on less reliable energy sources.”  (It should be noted that many of those ‘other countries’ are underdeveloped nations who put very little carbon into the atmosphere.) What they fail to understand, apparently, is that the coal industry is one in death throes with or without the Paris Accords. The other group to support the move was, of course, those die-hard Trump supporters who long ago traded their brain for a box of Cracker Jacks.

“I’m celebrating, he’s saved jobs and businesses,” James in Virginia

“It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on,” said Will.

“I think it was a bad deal in the first place,” said Cathy.

Marta in Texas said she wasn’t too familiar with the accord, but was “fed up” of environmental groups, which she views as “exclusive clubs”.

By leaving the Paris Accord, President Trump has unraveled another thread of Barack Obama’s legacy, and that’s another reason many of his supporters are celebrating.

And of course, lapdog Pence said, “The American people & the wider world will see once again – our President is choosing to put American jobs and American workers first.”

More encouraging, however, were responses from the mayors of 61 cities around the US who have joined together to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris agreement. In an open letter, the mayors – representing 36 million people from Arkansas to Vermont – promised to “intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.  The world cannot wait  – and neither will we.” 

And … The governors of Washington state, New York and California have announced the formation of the “United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene US states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change”. They said they are “committed to achieving the US goal of reducing emissions 26-28% from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.” California Governor Jerry Brown told the BBC earlier this week he would now work with China on the issue.

Trump has made the worst decision of his term to date.  However, a large portion of our population are firmly convinced of the dangers of climate change and that we need to take immediate action.  I believe that in many areas, such as renewable energy sources, we are past the point that Trump has much leverage.  However, what he has done to our alliances is another story, and one that I will address soon.

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  2. Less than half a year into this — how are we gonna handle more?!

    I hate this “America first” thing, too. The mindset that only what affects us, either on a personal or national level, just irritates the hell out of me. Selfish BS.

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    • I wish I could answer that question, my friend, but every time I have made a prediction in the last year or so, I have been wrong, so … I just don’t know how we handle more, where it ends, or how it ends.

      Yes, ‘America First’ is so damn arrogant. We are no better than anybody else … maybe we were born into better circumstances than someone in, say, Botswana, but that doesn’t make us better people. What is sad … and scary … is that even once Trump is out of office, the attitude that he brought will remain … likely for decades. 😥

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  3. Dear Jill,
    I am beyond furious to where I will be taking 3-4 days break to hang out at the beach. I find that I am beyond angry.
    I am a person of faith. You should have heard me talking to God. It was not pretty.
    I have already shared the following with others:
    For the glass half full brief: This move by DDT has prompted Mayors of major cities, Governors of the largest states and big businesses to jump on the same band wagon to agree to follow or surpass whatever standards had already been agreed upon as if the US were still part of the Paris Climate Accord. So, we will not be losing ground.

    Also, this Paris Accord does not technically go into effect until after the next US president is elected when we can then choose to be part of the Paris Climate Accord.

    And this should motivate a lot of folks to get out and vote.We need to turn over the US Congressional House in 2018.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  4. Having recently returned from India , I saw firsthand evidence of global warming and unchecked air pollution. Yet the negative perception from around the world about America emanating from Trump’s tragic decision to withdraw from this treaty is also real. Our national security just became significantly weakened from this fiasco.

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    • Yes, and that is what many people are not considering … that we lost many friends/allies between pulling out of the Accords and Trump refusing to commit to Article 5 at NATO. That is potentially a drastic situation. 😦

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  5. Even before America fatefully elected Donald Trump as their President I had predicted that he would seek to UNDO everything Obama initiated and implemented….Why? Simple! Donald Trump ‘hates’ Barack Obama…because he is NOT WHITE! 😒

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  6. I find it remarkable that now some US states declare that they will do they own thing when it comes to climate… So we can work together with them – and with China that seemed to have found its climate-conscience somewhere … – Can anyone tell that toddler in the White House to go and take a nap and let the adults take over again? I think he has been playing enough.

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    • It will be interesting to see how far the states can actually go … may come a clash between federal and state governments, and … well, it will be interesting. But as to the toddler in the White House … I think his mother should have had an abortion. Bad of me to say, I suppose, but it is how I feel at the moment. Sigh. Hugs, my friend!

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  7. I follow the opinion that Trump is mentally ill. His followers in the government are not. They’re looking out for their own future interests. Pence knows if Trump goes he’s the next in line. He’s overdoing the praise as he knows what he needs to do to remain Vice President and in favor with Trump. The government in Saudi Arabia also praised Trump to the hilt. It works with him and he was extremely pleased with them. We need to watch the people behind and around Trump who are pulling the strings of the puppet, especially Pence and Bannon. —- Suzanne

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    • Yes, I have long believed that he suffers mental illness, and in the past few months more so than ever. I do not think he believed he would actually be elected, then when he was elected, he was in over his head. Though I doubt he admits that even to himself. But the chaos of his presidency is a sure sign that he has no clue what he is doing. Which would be one thing, but what’s worse is that he refuses to try to learn anything that might help him actually understand the intricacies of his job. He admittedly doesn’t read, he skipped most of his informational sessions when he was president-elect, and he rarely actually listens to his advisors, except Bannon, of course. It seems to me that there should be some way of forcing him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and invoking Article 25. I have no empathy for him, for he brought it all on himself. I have empathy for us and our nation, for he is destroying us.

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      • I sometimes wonder if Trump has dyslexia and has difficulty reading for that reason. He’d never admit it though even though it’s not shameful and many well-known people have admitted it and taken measures to overcome it. —- Suzanne

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        • Dear Suzanne. Xena and friends,

          i HAVE OFTEN THOUGHT THAT HE SUFFERS FROM A LEARNING DISABILITY. His sister is completely different and does not wish to be part of his crazy life. His older brother passed away from alcoholism.
          He is finding himself in a situation that he cannot compensate for or bully his way through and so he is floundering and lashing out.

          If I were the adults (the Generals) I would not go on TV to defend him as this is enabling him. The boundaries have to be firm and impenetrable. They have more power than they realize but they have to hold fast to where they are not devaluing their own brand for integrity, honor, honesty, etc. As members of the military they cannot allow themselves to be so devalued because they feel they have to honor the chain of command. They are bound to serve this country, the constitution and going on TV to lie/ cover for DDT, is not a part of their job descriptions.

          If DDT fires them, he will feel the blow-back from military folks but this is not a bad thing. DDT is so incompetent. Let him self-destruct or what folks call, letting him hit rock bottom.
          Hugs, Gronda

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  8. Apparently Nicaragua didn’t sign the accords because they didn’t go far enough so at least they were committed to change.
    What has me screaming with rage or crying with frustration is Trump saying they’ll sign to a new one negotiated by America in America’s favour as though the other one penalised the US in some way. It was to make a better world for our children and grandchildren you fool or is wiping out Obama’s legacy more important than family?
    I find I’m using a new word in my vocabulary more and more of late, HATE. He’s brought me to this and I’m not even American. He’s tearing your country apart and making it a pitiful laughing stock at the same time. He and his crazy gang have to go, and right now I don’t care how.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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      • I am not religious, but this man is evil, in any and every sense of the word. He is out for himself and only himself, and we are on the path to a very dangerous situation, which we will face with few, if any, friends at the rate he is going. I keep feeling that I should apologize for him, but he is not mine … I spent 17 months writing 10 or more hours a day to try to convince people NOT to vote for him. Sigh. He is our shame, our embarrassment … 😥

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    • As I hope you know, dear David, I share your pain and have been between tears and white-hot fury since I heard the news that he planned to announce around 11:00 Wednesday night. And to answer your question … yes, apparently wiping out Obama’s name and putting his on everything takes precedence over our lives, or those of our children and grandchildren. His ego must always be first. We could see that a year ago, but the masses even tonight think he is wonderful, a “strong president” they are calling him. And I hang my head in shame and the tears fall. H does not understand, I think, but I feel so bereft, and I know it will only get worse. I agree with you that he must go. Sooner than later. I no longer care if he chokes on his $200 steak, has apoplexy, or is gunned down or impeached. He simply must go soon while we can possibly still salvage whatever is left of our valued friends and our country. Many, many hugs, my dear friend. xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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      • The people who celebrate their Strong President have no inkling of what he has possibly done. They’re happy that
        there will be job losses from the alternate energy sector? Happy at the fewer jobs retained by the coal lobby which will have to abandon them as the coal mined no longer has a buyer.
        Only a moron would be happy at the President’s strength at the cost of improving quality of life
        All this because you dared have a black President (Twice) whose name must now be eradicated. Idiocy.
        I dislike organised religion but even I am tempted to pray for that helpful piece of steak.
        xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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        • Your last sentence made me chuckle! 🙂 But yes, Bushka made a similar comment, and I believe it is spot on, that it is all because our last president was black. He was also intelligent, wise, kind and caring, not to mention very well-educated … all traits that Trump lacks. But racism is alive and well, and for many that seemed to be the major issue with Obama … the colour of his skin. But there is something else that I find frightening about this “era of Trump”, and that is what it is doing to us … I’m not sure how to explain … but until he came on the scene, I would never have thought about doing bodily harm to another person, or wishing harm on anybody, even those who I didn’t much like. But now … I find myself wishing for Trump to just keel over. And one day recently I was behind a car with a Trump bumper sticker at a red light, and I swear I almost rammed that car! Only thing that stopped me is that I was driving my daughter’s car. And I believe it somebody said the wrong thing at the wrong time, I could easily punch them! And David … that just isn’t me! It isn’t who I used to be and it isn’t who I want to be. 😥 And it isn’t just me … everyone is more short-tempered these days, less tolerant. Sigh.

          Cwtch Mawr, dear friend! 🙂

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      • It is reminiscent of some Ancient Egyptian kings…they often knocked the heads off statues built to honour their predecessors, and then replaced them with their own. They considered themselves to be Gods or Demi-Gods. I think DT suffers the same delusions.
        Moving on to Ancient Rome…Nero comes to mind.
        I understand your frustration and anger. We, the people have little power as individuals against such demonic forces. But, we do have one weapon. Our hearts to love each other. Demons cannot penetrate our hearts if we keep them loving!

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        • Yes, they were all narcissists with big, yet fragile egos. And Trump fits right in there. I DO like what you said about ‘our hearts to love each other’. So true … and so important right now … well, it’s always important, but I think we all need that love more now than ever. And you guys have your own traumas in the UK also, so I guess we are all sailing the seas together! Thanks for those words … I will think of them often, I believe. 🙂 ❤

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  9. In one fell swoop, Donald Trump has taken the US from the number one great power of the world to the bottom of the pile. The rhetoric that Donald Trump spouts is in keeping with that of other despotic leaders such as Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Muammar Gaddafi, and Saddam Hussein. All I can say is that it will take a very long time to ‘make America great again!’ 😧

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    • You are, sadly, quite right. I have believed all along that his ultimate goal was to remove our democratic processes, taking more and more power for himself, as Erdogan has done in Turkey. But between his refusal to commit to Article 5 at the NATO conference, and now his intention to withdraw from the Paris Accord … he has severely damaged our good name and in all likelihood our global alliances. Sigh.

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  10. Jill, fortunately others will pick up the baton and do what is needed. States like California, New York and countless cities have already begun the process, with Governor Jerry Brown flying to China tomorrow. The President decided we won’t be at the grown up table with the rest of the world. So, what will happen are two things that the President hates the most – he will be justifiably criticized and he will be ignored on this important issue. Keith

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    • Yes … sigh … I know. But the damage he has done to our global alliances is another story altogether. In the words of one EU writer, they will “write off” the U.S. and proceed as they need to. I was, however, cheering Emmanuel Macron on when I heard he told Trump in no uncertain terms that there would be no ‘re-negotiation’. Sigh. Tonight I am deeply ashamed and sad.

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      • Jill, business after business are telling the public we are not changing our plans for renewable energy and conservation. Duke Energy said they factor climate change in their planning and continue to shutter coal fired plants and migrate to wind and solar, having just opened another wind mill site in Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt’s home state. Those coal miners may want to look at what one of the President’s economic advisor’s said last week about coal being a casualty in the new energy mix. An international energy consultant said on NPR last fall that DT’s own plan will hasten the demise of coal, as natural gas is cheaper and does not leave ash to be maintained for years. Keith

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  11. While this was not unexpected given, well, that Drumpf is a complete idiot, I am somewhat heartened by cities and states that are stating their commitment to reducing emissions on their own. More good people to profile! I do, however, see that more Kitten XXXdays are in order… Take care my friend!

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    • No, it was not at all unexpected. Even though I knew it the night before, it was still like being punched in the stomach when I heard him say it. Sigh. Yes, I am encouraged by the initiatives on the part of the cities and states, and I think more will follow suit. But … I am discouraged by the number who are still stupid enough to be praising him for this asinine move, and more disturbed by the knowledge that this drives a huge wedge between us and our allies. Sigh. Yes, I think we may both be needing an abundance of Kitten Days as we go through the coming weeks. I do not see an end to this madness in sight. But you and your babes are a bright spot … one of these days, if I live long enough, I am coming up to see you and your beautiful city, and meet the babes for myself! Hugs, my friend!

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        • 😀 Why ever would you want to do that??? You’ve got kitties, I’ve got kitties … a too-clean house would make me feel out-of-place! 🙂 But no worries … I’m not the type to just drop in, especially when it’s a whole ‘nother country, my passport expired years ago, etc. 🙂 Just someday, maybe … I’d love to meet you someday.

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  12. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I have no words … my soul is hurting.
    I must use the words of my dear friend, Filosofa … thank you for this post! I couldn’t have put my thoughts into words.
    ‘That’s right, folks … Drumpf promised his supporters that he would erase all signs that President Obama ever existed, thus if President Obama’s name is on it, it must go.’
    Today I weep … I believe I will have more tears to shed as this ‘man’ nad his ilk remain in office!

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    • Thank you so much for re-blogging this one. It is so much more important than many people realize … it is our future, our lives, and the lives of our children, grandchildren … all of humanity. I, too, have shed many a tear today, and know that there will be more to come. I send you a big hug, my friend … it is all I can offer, for I am drained of all else.

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      • I totally understand, dear friend … I’m drained, exhausted. I don’t t know how people go on as if nothing is wrong. I understand life can’t stop … but this is bigger than me. Ignorance is bliss, I guess. Knowledge is very important but what a burden sometimes. My life changed the night of Nov. 8 … hugs sigh! Even though I don’t want to that ‘man’ has crawled into my head! 😳
        HUGS!!

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        • Yes, and he is turning us into something that I don’t much like. I am far more short-tempered, even with loved ones, and I find myself looking at people when I’m in public and wondering if they voted for Trump, wanting to smack them if they did. This is not me. Sigh. Hugs!!! ❤

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    • Thank you for sharing this post! Every time I go to your blog and see the little emoticon smiling and waving, it brings a smile to my face. Tonight that was a much-needed smile, so thank you for that also!

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