Why Trump MUST NOT Cave to Paris Climate Agreement Pressure
According to a report from Axios, President Donald Trump has decided that the time has come to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Three insider sources told the site that Trump would live up to his campaign promise of yanking the U.S. out of the accords, despite what some in his administration have said about his evolving state of mind regarding climate change.
The news appears to be backed up by the president’s posture at the G7 meeting on Saturday, where Trump refused to join the rest of the allied countries in a pledge to uphold the 2015 agreement. In a tweet, Trump said he would make up his mind about whether to stay or pull out in the coming week.
Without U.S. involvement, it’s unclear if the 195-nation agreement could even stand up. As many critics have pointed out, Obama signed us into a pact that essentially put the U.S. into a position where we would have to pay – and pay dearly – for other countries to update their energy infrastructure. Pulling out could save the U.S. billions of dollars, release us from any obligation we have to reduce carbon emissions, and send a clear message to the world that we are going to put our economy ahead of climate change concerns.
“If it comes to a choice between measures to curtail global warming under the 2015 Paris climate accord and growing the U.S. economy, economic considerations would prevail,” said White House economic adviser Gary Cohn on Thursday. “His basis for the decision ultimately is going to be what’s best for the United States.”
Contrary to the Axios report, Defense Secretary James Mattis said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Trump was keeping an open mind about the Paris agreement.
“I was sitting in on some of the discussions in Brussels where climate change came up and the president was open,” Mattis said. “He was curious about why others were in the position they were in – his counterparts in other nations. I’m quite certain the president is wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord.”
President Obama strategically positioned our involvement in the Paris deal as an executive agreement because he knew the Senate would never ratify a treaty expected to cost the U.S. millions of jobs. Thankfully, what can be done by executive order can be undone by same. Trump is under international pressure to stay in this disastrous pact, but he needs to live up to his campaign promise and withdraw. If there is work the U.S. can do to roll back the effects of global warming, it can be done while keeping the best interests of the economy at the forefront. This is Trump’s time to shine as a leader, so let’s hope the liberals surrounding him in the White House don’t lead him astray.