The short Presidency of Donald J. Trump has seen very little in substantial policy change. We saw a travel ban that was blocked. We saw a healthcare plan that was blocked. And a new healthcare plan is on the way that will be gutted and rebuilt in the senate.
On June 1, we finally see a major change due to the Trump administration. As of 3 p.m. EST, President Donald Trump has said the United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
What is the Paris Climate Agreement?
The Paris Climate Agreement was an agreement signed by 196 nations on December 12, 2015, in order to shift the world to a more sustainable energy policy. According to the agreement:
“climate change is ‘urgent and potentially irreversible.'”
The main goal of the Agreement is to keep the global average temperature below the two degrees Celsius (about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit) of preindustrial levels.
The reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, in order to prevent the global temperature rise, was set to begin in 2020.
The plan was an evolving one with the nation’s emission targets to be reevaluated every five years.
The overall goal of the agreement is to net 0 greenhouse gas emissions by “mid-century.”
The agreement was enacted after 55 nations, those who account for 55 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions, agreeing to it. The threshold was reached on October 5, 2016.
President Donald J. Trump has been sending mixed messages about the Paris Climate Agreement since the start of his presidency.
The reasoning for the withdrawal is not 100 percent clear. The “America First” rhetoric does play into it, as the growing opinion is that the Paris Agreement would hurt American workers.
There is also the hatred of former President Barack Obama that the Trump administration holds, saying the deal was signed out of desperation.
The Trump Administration claims that the Agreement would cost the United States $3 trillion over the next decade and a half and cost 6.5 million jobs by 2040.
One of the major players pushing for President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement were a group of 22 United States Senators who signed a letter saying that if we stayed in the agreement that the Trump administration would never be able to repeal the “Clean Power Plan,” and Obama era policy.
Pres. Trump says withdrawing from the Paris Agreement “protects the United States from future intrusions on the United States’ sovereignty” pic.twitter.com/HxfUhcWGiG
— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2017
The full letter to the President can be read at this link.
In the addition to the United States, the only two nations that are part of the United Nations that did not sign the Paris Agreement were Syria and Nicaragua.
The odd thing is that Nicaragua refused to sign the Paris Agreement because it did not do enough to protect “Mother Earth.”
Nicaragua, rightly so, believes that the agreement does not do enough for developing nations, while letting the rich nations off easy.
Syria, for all of their issues currently, can be forgiven for their lack of involvement.
President Donald Trump is now leading the United States down the road to utter ruin as the world moves away from the fuels we so desperately cling to. Even if the jobs come back, they won’t pay well and money will be of no use in a dead world.
Congratulations Donald Trump, you’ve done it, you’ve put “America First.”
America First to fail our fellow man.