Donald Trump, Energy, Environment, Issues

Trump should keep promise and withdraw from Paris climate accord

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President Donald Trump has already taken a stand on several international treaties that prevent the United States from achieving economic success. While he has mainly focused on dismantling unfair trade agreements, constituents are calling upon Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of removing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Treaty.

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In 2016, President Obama bypassed the Senate to enter into the Pairs climate accord without Senate ratification. At the time, then-White House senior adviser Brian Deese defended that the legal agreement was an “executive agreement” and therefore did not require Congressional approval.

However, 195 countries have signed onto this agreement as if it were a treaty that has closed our coal plants and exported our car production. Now, Trump has the opportunity to change this executive overreach.

Analysis from The Australian’s Matt Ridley on May 8 reveals that the Paris climate agreement is extremely impractical. Ridley writes, “all the promises made by the U.S., China, the EU and the rest of the world, if implemented from the early 2000s to 2030, and then sustained through the rest of the century, would reduce the expected rise in global temperature by only 0.17°C in the year 2100. That is to say, instead of rising by 2, 3 or 4 degrees or so by the time our great grandchildren are adults, world average temperature would rise by 1.83, 2.83 or 3.83 degrees,” despite costing countries trillions to keep emissions down.

And even newer data is calling into question whether the global warming, which the Obama Administration attempted to solve, is even the problem.

Some researchers have told the Daily Star this week that global cooling rather than warming was becoming a threat, arguing that a reduction in solar activity was creating far greater of an impact to our ecosystem.

This is exactly the reason the Senate should have reviewed the Paris climate accord to begin with. However, since they never received that opportunity, Trump should rectify the situation.

Over 40 conservative organizations have come together to explain the importance of this to Trump. In a letter to the White House the groups explain, “Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Treaty is an integral part of your energy agenda. The Obama administration’s Nationally Determined Contribution (or NDC) to the Paris Climate Treaty commits the United States to take actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Paris then requires a more ambitious NDC every five years in perpetuity.”

The group, including Americans for Limited Government, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the CO2 Coalition, encourage Trump to submit the treaty to the Senate for ratification (that will likely fail), withdraw from the underlying UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and/or simply announce the intended withdrawal from the Paris climate accord in the four-year schedule specified within the treaty and continuing the process of repealing Obama’s regulations.

While a repeal of Obama’s harmful regulations should always be a priority, the letter writers encourage Trump to act quicker — submit the treaty for disapproval to the Senate and exit the UNFCCC. This will break the political backing for the treaty as well as removing funding for UN global warming projects, which the UNFCCC controls.

Trump campaigned against to end treaties that do not prioritize the United States’ success. Removing ourselves from the Paris climate accord — which is killing the economy — is the next major step in that mission. President Trump can bring back American jobs and innovation, but only without the pressures of these global regulations.

This is a guest post by Natalia Castro contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.
  • MarcJ

    Solar cycle of cooling is in its 21st year (out of an average of 30). That is the reason those government-paid fakers ($25 billion/year) were forced to change their global Warming hoax into the ne Climate Chang scam.

    • daves

      Solar activity is down and the planet should be cooling but instead we continue with unprecedented warming and the hottest three years on record.

      • MarcJ

        Yes komrad daves – and the 2nd World War was won by Hitler. You are either a total idiot or a congenital cretin. Why was it necessary to change the name of your communist invention from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”?

        • daves

          Global warming is being caused by additional CO2 in the atmosphere. Climate change is being caused by global warming. Climate change includes things like floods and droughts and sea level rise and other changes to different regions.

          • MarcJ

            The Marxist Democrat Party is “explaining”
            the Capitalist Trump’s election victory as profiting from the Russian Communist
            interference in our election process. Logical of course! It is like saying that
            the election of Churchill back in 1939 was due to the interference by Hitler in
            the British elections.

            “Coal generated an incredible 7,745 megawatt-hours
            of electricity per worker; natural gas 3,812 MWH per worker; wind a measly 836
            MWH for every employee; and solar an abysmal 98 MWH per worker.”

            “In other words, producing the same
            amount of electricity requires one coal worker, two natural gas workers – 12
            wind industry employees or 79 solar workers.”

          • daves

            Installing solar employs a lot more people than than coal and gas. It’s been great for the economy.

            Once it’s installed, it doesn’t require any employees.

          • MarcJ

            Solar panels attract dust which in a couple of weeks cuts their efficiency by half. Cloudy days and normal nights kill those panels totally. Workers are required to spray water jets over those panels to clean them of dust and dead insects. Concentrated rays kill birds by tens of thousands, including rare American eagles, and mosquito-eating birds.

          • daves

            Researchers found panels that hadn’t been cleaned, or rained on, for 145
            days during a summer drought in California, lost only 7.4 percent of
            their efficiency. Overall, for a typical residential solar system of 5
            kilowatts, washing panels halfway through the summer would translate
            into a mere $20 gain in electricity production until the summer drought
            ends—in about 2 ½ months. For larger commercial rooftop systems, the
            financial losses are bigger but still rarely enough to warrant the cost
            of washing the panels. On average, panels lost a little less than 0.05
            percent of their overall efficiency per day.

          • daves

            We will never know how many millions of mammals, fish, birds, plants and other sea life were killed from the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling explosion in 2010 and the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill in 1989. There are many other oil spills that resulted in more destruction and are too numerous to mention. In addition, think of all the gas pipeline leaks that poison drinking water supplies throughout the world.

            Now think about the coal industry with its practice of dynamiting the tops of mountains so that all the trees, soil and rocks plummet down the mountainside, poisoning the rivers below and displacing wildlife from their natural environment, filling the air with toxic dust, causing more asthma, obstructive lung disease and poisoning the drinking water for the surrounding human population.

            And think about the miners who die in mine explosions and collapse, and the ones who die with black lung disease, and the coal mining executives who think of every loophole imaginable to avoid paying the miners the benefits they deserve.

            Now think about all the CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels that are causing the planet to heat up, which is causing extreme weather patterns, more hurricanes, floods, droughts and is expected to worsen in the future so that our existence on this planet it in jeopardy.

            While there are some concerns with bird deaths from wind turbines, these are minimal compared with the estimated 6.8 million fatalities from bird collisions with cell and radio towers and the 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion deaths from cats, according to the peer-reviewed study by two federal scientists and the environmental contractor West, Inc. quoted in USA Today. In addition, Scientific American reported that wind turbines kill far fewer birds per megawatt hour than do fossil fuel plants.

            Even though there are toxic compounds used in the manufacturing of most solar panels, the generation of electricity from solar energy is significantly safer to the environment and workers than production of electricity from coal, natural gas and nuclear fission, according to a 2014 article in National Geographic Magazine. In the future, solar panels will be recycled, once there are enough of them to make it economical.

            Scientists are working to solve the problem of bird deaths from solar panels. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Center for Biological Diversity are studying ways to minimize bird deaths with netting and reflective coatings that don’t attract the birds, so that this problem will be solved soon.

          • MarcJ

            “Coal generated an incredible 7,745 megawatt-hours
            of electricity per worker; natural gas 3,812 MWH per worker; wind a measly 836
            MWH for every employee; and solar an abysmal 98 MWH per worker.”

            “In other words, producing the same
            amount of electricity requires one coal worker, two natural gas workers – 12
            wind industry employees or 79 solar workers.”

            VA’s workforce is
            represented by no less than five unions: The American Federation of Government
            Employees, the National Association of Government Employees, National Nurses
            United, the National Federation of Federal Employees and the Service Employees
            International Union. And the workers who do perform useful work spend about 25%
            of the work hours in filling union questionnaires.

          • daves

            You already said that.

  • BonLovesFreedom

    Pretty sure President Trump is not a “Climate Change” fan, so let’s give him another few months to accomplish more corrections of dinglebarry’s negative actions and impact on America and the world! He’s done a very good job to date.

  • jerry1944

    Well you would think he would but if he checks with his son inlaw are his dem kid he might not do whats right for the country . Those 2 seem more like dems that Rep , well maybe the same kind of rep as mc cain , graham are ryan None of those care about the country We know climate change is called weather even if dems think they are GOD and control the world

  • daves

    A new study published in PLOS One last week confirms the idea that you can inoculate an audience against further lies by teaching them about misinformation. By explaining false balance to an audience, like the history of tobacco’s “fake experts,” the audience is less likely to fall for the various tricks deniers will use to turn the public against real experts.

    For a great (and timely) example of fake experts, let’s look at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s letter urging Trump to abandon the Paris agreement. It’s signed by representatives of forty free-market groups, which to the untrained eye might appear to be credible experts. But to those savvy in the ways of fossil-fuel front groups, these are no different than the infamous “20,679 Physicians say ‘Luckies are less irritating’” ad, a relic of Big Tobacco’s decades-long campaign to mislead the public. In fact, the inoculation study used this example to show how fake experts have long been used to convince the public to act against its own best interest.

    Far from being unbiased and independent experts, the group of forty signatories may as well have signed “Sincerely, The Kochs.” But the Kochs aren’t the only ones who deserve our attention. There are other big names at play in this world, like Trump funders and string pullers, the Mercers. (Interesting side note: Mercer’s company is being sued by a former employee who was fired for comments critical of Mercer’s politics, particularly regarding comments about Bob Mercer expressing his opposition to the Civil Rights Act.)

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