The announcement by the Embarrassment in Chief yesterday that the United States will join Syria and Nicaragua in being the only nations in the world not to sign on to the agreement caused an uproar.
Well, of course it did, because that’s what Donald Trump likes to do. He’s the master of chaos; and now, with the Intel community hot on his heels, he’s got to find a way to take the spotlight off of his Russia woes. So what better way than to pander to his teeny tiny base and pull out of one of President Obama’s signature achievements?
So now that you’ve exhausted yourself raging against yet another Trump inanity, catch your breath, calm down and understand that Trump’s withdrawal doesn’t mean squat.
True, we won’t be at the table when it comes time to hammer out the policies that the signatory nations will adopt and implement. But really, who needs someone from the Trump administration sitting at the table and watering things down? Think about it. Exxon CEO Darren Woods wrote a personal letter to Trump urging him to stay with the Climate Accord, writing that staying in gives us “a seat at the negotiating table to ensure a level playing field.” I don’t think I have to spell out what a level playing field means to Exxon.
Other business leaders wanted us to stay in because they see it as an opportunity to expand their markets in clean technologies. An ad in major newspapers paid for by those leaders says: “U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets. Withdrawing from the agreement will limit our access to them and could expose us to retaliatory measures.”
There’s the obvious: solar, wind, hydro and thermal energy. But let’s talk about something that everyone can relate to: cars.
Aside from being the most populous state in the Union, California is also the 6th largest economy in the world. As a former resident of that state for nearly 40 years, I can tell you that Californians love their cars. There was a time when the only state in the union to require smog testing was California. Now it’s pretty much the norm. There’s a saying that as California goes, so goes the nation. Governor Jerry Brown has a contingent of attorneys ready to do battle if the federal government tries to roll back California’s automobile emission standards, which are some of the strictest in the nation. My money is on California. Does anyone really think that Detroit is going to toss aside the gargantuan California automotive market? Does anyone think they’ll make one model for California and another for the rest of the country? And how about all those nations where we export our vehicles? If our automobile manufacturers ignore the standards set by the Paris Accord, they will not be able to participate in the world automobile market.
Governor Jerry Brown thumbed his nose at Trump during his State of the State address this past January and has vowed that California will take a leadership role regarding environmental measures. As such, he will be traveling to China to meet with world leaders to discuss curbs on global warming.
While I’m at it, let’s not give Nicaragua a bad rap. The reason that country opted not to sign was because the plan relies on voluntary pledges with no punitive measures for countries that fail to meet them. Paul Oquist, Nicaragua‘s envoy to the Paris talks, summed it up thusly: “We’re not going to submit because voluntary responsibility is a path to failure. We don’t want to be an accomplice to taking the world to 3 or 4 degrees and the death and destruction that represents.”
As of 2015, 49 percent of the energy generated in Nicaragua comes from renewable sources and the country is aiming for 91 percent by 2027.
So that makes the U.S. and Syria standing alone in the world. Way to make America great again, Trump!
Here’s the good part. Once Trump is gone – and he will be gone – the world will welcome us back with open arms. Just as people around the world cheered in the streets when we were finally done with George W. Bush, there will be jubilation when Trump departs the White House. One can only hope it’s sooner rather than later.
Lest you fear that isn’t the case – that Trump and his cadre of thieves, traitors and white supremacists will forever ruin our beloved county – remember this: Germany faced it’s darkest days when Hitler rose to power. Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged as the new leader of the free world. You know that has to rankle the hell out of Trump, even though he’d never admit it – even to himself. Ah, but in the dark of night, you know it haunts him. Just like those nearly 3 million more votes that Hillary Clinton got still sticks in his blubbery craw.
Trump may be charismatic to a small portion of our society, but he is not Hitler. He is unable to stop the almost daily demonstrations against him. Every week sees demonstrations in front of the White House and in cities and towns throughout the country. Some are large. Some are small. But they never stop. He is unable to stop the ridicule being heaped upon him by world leaders. He’s the guy nobody (except Putin) likes.
Last, but most assuredly not least, Trump can’t just pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. That, like Brexit, is a lengthy process and whomever is elected in 2020 is the person who will determine whether or not we actually participate in the Accord. So Trump’s ploy is just another example of the hot air that is constantly being belched from the #LoserinChief.
Trump’s entire presidency has been an attempt to negate everything President Obama did. The Orange Scourge is still consumed with rage over the beating Obama delivered at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Because, you see, Trump can dish it out, but he can’t take it. He’s just a #whineylittlebitch throwing a non-stop temper tantrum. And the best way to deal with a temper tantrum, as any parent of a toddler will tell you, is to ignore it and insist on better behavior.
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