COMMENTARY

Is Trump Telling Americans To Choke On Their Smoke?

President Trump, in his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, is not only giving the world his middle finger, but also unwittingly telling Americans to choke on their smoke.

“Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune,” was how President Trump announced America’s withdrawal from the climate accord.

According to the President, compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions involved is not worth the commitment.

He cited the National Economic Research Associates statistics by noting that the Paris agreement would cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 — “this includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs — not what we need — believe me, this is not what we need — including automobile jobs, and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely. They rely for so much, and we would be giving them so little,” the President argued.

The President posited the view that the deal as it stands is “a massive redistribution of wealth from the U.S. to other countries.”

China, he declared, “can do whatever they want for 13 years,” but the U.S. will be restricted.

Additionally, he stated that the agreement “doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it ships them out of the country,” to developing countries, which will get an “economic edge” over America.

“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,” he argued.

Trump’s withdrawal from the accord, however, comes against factors such as:

Climate change — Global warming, rising sea level rise, and increase in greenhouse gas effect, among others

Environmental degradation — habitat destruction and invasive species

Environmental health — poor air quality, asthma, birth defect, and developmental disability

Environmental issues — increase in water, air, land, and noise pollution

In the meantime, Democrats have lambasted the President for his withdrawal from the accord. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, called the decision a “shocking reversal of American global leadership and transparently political, the clearest sign yet he will do whatever he can to dismantle President Obama’s legacy purely for the sake of it.”

On the other hand, leading Republican Party members have applauded the decision of the president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky commended Trump “for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama administration’s assault on domestic energy production and jobs.”

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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