So Trump pulls US out of Paris Accord. Does it matter?
In some ways it doesn’t matter very much that Trump pulled the US out of the Paris agreement on climate. As he acknowledged in his statement: “As of today, the U.S. will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial burdens.” - it was not binding. And it is not like America was doing very much; Even the President who signed it couldn’t get much done. Everybody is all worked up about it but as Chris Turner tweets,
Trump's a preposterous outlier on many things, but as I've said before, the GOP is and long has been the world's foremost climate denial org— Chris Turner (@theturner) June 1, 2017
A lot of people we admire are going out on a limb to criticize the decision, even though they do billions of dollars of business with the government. For GE this is unusually brave,
Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.— Jeff Immelt (@JeffImmelt) June 1, 2017
Elon Musk took a lot of heat for advising Trump and stuck to his guns, that alternate voices should be heard, but even he has had enough.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Most importantly, this is not about Donald Trump. It is about Senator Snowball and the entire Republican party that have been denying climate change. Chris Turner again:
Trump is an unmitigated disaster of a president. But this one doesn't hang on him alone. GOP primed the climate denial pump hard for decades— Chris Turner (@theturner) June 1, 2017
And as Sami noted, We will always have Paris. Jeffery Immelt and Elon Musk are not alone; states, cities, people all over America are still committed. Even in Pittsburgh, singled out by Trump, responds:
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
William Shakespeare nailed it:
is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
He is just a showboat; the real problem is the party that has fought against the reality of climate change for decades. Clinton couldn't get Kyoto signed, and Obama couldn't get a carbon tax even on the table. The real problem is not in the White House.