Two days ago in this space, I shared my thoughts after reading the Paris Agreement in its entirety.
In a sentence, it is an anti-capitalist document in which the United States admits fault for climate change and commits to making financial payments to the developing world as a result.
Today, President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from commitments made in the Agreement, a decision that is reasonable and justified.
In a speech in the Rose Garden, the President said, “The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers…and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production…The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.”
The President also made several important points in his speech regarding our country’s energy policy:
The United States needs all forms of energy because of high energy usage, a point I’ve previously made in this space.
Other countries are continuing to use coal as I’ve shared here.
The United States has abundant energy reserves. See my previous entry on this subject.
The Paris Agreement’s effect on the global climate is minimal. I made the same point here about the Clean Power Plan.
As far as our energy policy goes, President Trump’s speech was factually accurate, and his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is exactly what is needed for the United States of America.
As you can imagine, however, criticism for this decision has been wide ranging an abundant.
Former President Obama, breaking a longstanding precedent of United States presidents to refrain from criticizing their successor, called the decision a rejection of the future and a lack of American leadership.
To that, two comments need to be made.
The first, as far as the future is concerned, one need only to look at the accuracy rate of the many climate change predictions that have been made since the 1970s to see the folly in that criticism.
The second is an astute observation made by Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit.com. He said, “I’ll believe there’s a climate crisis when the people who keep telling me there’s a climate crisis start acting like there’s a climate crisis.”
Here are a few examples:
In 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requests to ride in a separate private airplane than First Lady Michelle Obama when traveling to the same event.
Leonardo DiCaprio used a private jet to travel 8,000 miles to accept an environmental award only to travel back by private jet the very next day.
Last month, Mr. Obama also traveled by private jet to speak at a climate change conference in Italy.
If the stakes are so high for the planet, how can we afford for the advocates of such drastic policies to have such a large carbon footprint?
Facts matter, and despite the criticism, President Trump made the correct decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.