Trump Announces Exit of Paris Agreement
By John Corry
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
Jun. 1st, 2017, 07:38 pm
Early afternoon Thursday, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to exit the historic ‘Paris Agreement’, which was signed by former President Obama without Senate approval in April of 2016. “On these issues (anti-American economics), and so many more, we’re following through on our commitments and I don’t want anything to get in our way… therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.”
This has been a few days coming–the mainstream media has been jizzing their pants like Caitlyn Jenner since last week–but it does bring up a number of important questions: will the exit affect the American economy in the ways in which the Trump administration hopes it will? Is the leave truly mired in respect for the American people, rather than a give to the oil companies whose propaganda helped Trump get elected? How will the exit take place? Will the exit even take place at all? Will anything be done to fight climate change on the part of America, in place of the Paris Agreement?
Putting partisan politics aside, there are two main issues at the core of this. The first is: should we be fighting climate change, and if the answer is yes, how do we do that? The second: how do we keep American issues at the forefront of what is ultimately the first truly global issue of human history.
As to the first, there can be no denial that climate change is happening. We can argue over what the reasons for it may be, but unless you’re a scientist, you can’t claim precedence over the science behind the situation. There are some conflicting arguments to have here, but the majority of climate scientists agree that the way to fight future climate change is to cut down on CO2 emissions (we can also observe this ourselves, air pollution is a pretty shitty thing to have to breath).
This of course is a pretty major problem when an economy is so dependent on oil and gas as its primary energy source, one that a free market would certainly help with, and that subsidies to renewable energy producers potentially more (see: China’s policies on subsidizing renewable energy, and their reaction to The U.S.’s pulling out of the Paris Agreement). Trump did state in his announcement that, “we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine,” but it is still obvious that the Trump administration, and the majority of Republicans for that matter, simply do not care about battling climate change.
If we want a unified country, an understanding of the importance of this issue to the majority of Americans is critical. If the Paris agreement is fundamentally disagreeable to American values, an alternative to it should have been in the works long before an announcement to pull out. To ignore this is to ignore what most Americans believe to be a major issue, and to therefore only further alienate and antagonize them, at the fault of nothing more than mere stupidity, or selfishness mired in a political Will to Power.
The problem with the second issue is that there are a number of arguments to make the case that the Paris agreement would unnecessarily put strain on the American economy, which is of course only exacerbated by the fact that Obama signed the treaty without congressional approval (we all really should have seen this coming back when it was signed in April, guys, I mean, come on). This is bipartisan argument, but partisan rhetoric. These issues need to be talked about, not screamed over, in the same manner the issue of climate change itself needs to be de-politicized, and accepted as a natural fact. There is no honesty in claiming knowledge without actually having that knowledge, and there is certainly no truth in overreacting to something, be it on either side of this, or any, potentially controversial issue.
Of course, either way you look at it, people are going to lose money, so we might as well just keep screaming. It’s way more fun.