I’m afraid. Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord walking away from a commitment that we made with virtually every nation on earth.
The science of climate change – global warming – has been debated here and else where for years now. I don’t wanna get into that now except to say that for the purpose of this post, I have settled that we are not in danger of catastrophic warming. Because of that, I am fine with the reasons for rejecting Paris.
But before we rejected Paris, we agreed to it. And that should mean something.
Now, as for the world without American leadership? Screw ’em. I am less and less inclined to care what a Parisan sipping coffee at 2.00 pm thinks of America while the rest of the world refuses to act in most cases. We’re a handful of days away from the anniversary of America’s leadership.
No. What scares me is that without Obama we don’t have Trump. But we had Obama, and now we have Trump.
Barack ruled with his phone and his pen. Paris was illegal. GM’s bankruptcy was illegal. His immigration policies were illegal. Libya? Illegal. And the list goes on and on. So, mostly, as Trump undoes Obama’s work with equal executive orders, I am conflicted. We are removing oddles and oodles of illegal and wrong minded policy.
But I don’t believe that Trump is going to stop. He’s going to get used to ruling, aka Barack, and will simply, and horrifically, continue on the trajectory.
The President never should have pulled out of Paris. But the President never should have entered Paris. Without the first, we never have the second.