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About Paris

Category: Environment
Posted: 06/03/17 11:53

by Dave Mindeman

When Donald Trump opted out of the Paris Agreement, most people believe that he followed the lead of Steve Bannon. The former Breitbart exec is not so much a climate denier (although he espouses that sentiment) as he is an anti-globalist. He thinks of any international cooperation as a threat to our own national sovereignty. If you think that is delusional, you are right; but a large majority of Trump's base think in those terms.

If the climate "facts" that Trump sited are any indication, Bannon filled Trump's head (and remember it does not hold much) with debunked studies and selective information on other studies. It was a typical piece of Breitbart information.

That is no way to make a major decision.

There is a positive in what Trump did here. It united the world and a large portion of this country into a more united front on climate. The attention has brought out more informative facts. The alarm bells were raised with more people listening. Trump took us out of an agreement which was largely voluntary, but it gave us guidelines to follow. Those guidelines can still be done with or without Trump's help.

The world will be looking less to the US for leadership because of this. And as long as Trump is President that may be a good thing. In a way, the rest of the globe will have to examine their own contribution to climate change in a more realistic way - and not wait for the US to weigh in.

Don't get me wrong - Trump pulling out of Paris is a big deal. And the policies that may result could be very harmful. But their is a strong resistance. Trump can only control so much - it is up to us to make things work.

It always has been.
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