June 1, 2017 11:01 pm by Jacob McAllister
America Takes a Back Seat on Climate Change
It looks like we are going it alone on this one.
Hard line conservatives got what they have been waiting for, as our climate change denier in chief formally announced today that we would be saying Au Revoir to the Paris Accord, officially signaling to the world that we are not concerned with the health and safety of our planet.
Using the familiar pretext of jobs, jobs, jobs, Trump and the “America first” nationalist wing will now begin the process of undoing the last 8 years of environmental policy, implementing their business friendly agenda. The spigots will be flowing once again as the word is out that the party is back on. Industries that commoditize all of the finite resources of our planet, and pollute our air and drinking water are now free to reave and pillage without paying any mind to environmental restraints. From the Washington Post:
Trump argued Thursday that the deal had negative ramifications for domestic manufacturing and other industries, and put the United States at a “permanent disadvantage” with China, India and other rising powers. He said the agreement’s restrictions on future greenhouse gas emissions would be tantamount to putting America’s vast energy resources “under lock and key.”
This position is of course farcical, as it asserts the only way to grow the economy is to remove all the regulations that have been put in place over the last 40 years to protect citizens against pollution. These are basic quality of life issues, and I highly doubt the average Trump voter supports dumping sludge in the river, or fracking in their backyards.
The U.S. joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to sign the treaty. Check out the full story below.
President Trump will announce Thursday afternoon that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, the White House has told allies, a move that honors a campaign promise but risks rupturing global alliances and disappointing both environmentalists and corporate titans.