On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised the American people, and especially the supporters who elected him, that America would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, and despite the howls of protest from the Left and reportedly even some of his own family and closest advisers, the president has kept that promise.
In a Thursday Rose Garden speech that, according to CNN’s Jim Acosta, came “right out of the Steve Bannon playbook” (he said that like it was a bad thing), President Trump patiently laid out the sound logic behind his decision.
“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production,” Trump said.
The president got specific when it comes to the vast economic costs of this deal:
Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates.
This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs … including automobile jobs and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely…
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 12 percent; cement, down 23 percent; iron and steel, down 38 percent; coal, and I happen to love the coal miners, down 86 percent; natural gas, down 31 percent.
The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have 7,000 less income, and in many cases, much worse than that.
Trump also pointed out the vast disparities between what countries like China and India would be allowed to do under the treaty versus the United States.
China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants.
After all that, here’s the kicker, the ultimate argument in favor of withdrawing from this horrible deal. Turns out, even going back to the Stone Age would barely make a dent. Watch Trump eloquently lay it out:
Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations it is estimated it would only produce a two tenths of one degree – think of that, this much – Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100.
Tiny – tiny amount. In fact, 14 days of carbon emissions from China alone would wipe out the gains from America and this is an incredible statistic – would totally wipe out the gains from America’s expected reductions in the year 2030.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said, as he made perhaps the boldest move yet to make that vision a reality.
Trump had plenty of support from the right for the bold move:
It's Trump in full: Sovereignty, fairness, jobs, America 1st, don't add to debt, legal liability, evaluate bad deals/negotiate better ones. https://t.co/d3rUX2HyGQ
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 1, 2017
President Trump's speech respecting our withdrawal from the Paris climate deal was outstanding.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 1, 2017
Naturally, the Left is none too happy:
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2017
Leaving the Paris Agreement is indefensible. It's bad for our kids & grandkids, for economic development & for our position in the world.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 1, 2017
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
Trump is having the U.S. pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Too bad someone didn't tell his father that he shoulda pulled out, too.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 1, 2017
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) June 1, 2017
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) June 1, 2017
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 1, 2017
There has never in US history been such a destructive megalomaniac in the WH. Thank you to US press and other numbskulls who put him there.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 1, 2017
USA to Earth: FUCK YOU
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 1, 2017
Trump just committed a crime against humanity. This admitted predator has now expanded his predatory acts to the entire planet. #ParisAccord
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 1, 2017
I’m guessing that Donald Trump doesn’t see the irony in making his announcement to leave the Paris Agreement while standing in a garden.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 1, 2017
Trump is our national embarrassment.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 1, 2017
We're already feeling impacts of climate change. Exiting #ParisAgreement imperils US security and our ability to own the clean energy future
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 1, 2017
Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 1, 2017
Abandoning the Paris accords will be horribly destructive to the Earth and horribly destructive for New York City.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 1, 2017
Liberals will howl. Globalists will cringe. RINOs will cower. But they don’t care about America or her people, only about using “climate change” as a tool to foster dependency, control lives and weaken America’s economic standing in the world. If President Trump keeps keeping his promises and listening to the advisers who won him the election, none of their conniption fits will matter in the end.
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