Trump & the Paris climate accord: A cooler perspective
To hear the hue and cry from the global-warming chorus, one would think President Trump touched off Armageddon by backing out of the Paris climate agreement. Yet liberals’ shock and awe is more show than substance, given that this is exactly what candidate Trump said he would do if elected president.
Of course, going at it alone in typical Trump style, when he could have more logically defused this stink bomb, doesn’t help his case. More on that later.
To be clear, the decision to pull out of this international treaty —which the U.S. never legally pulled into — is the right one. While the pact is intended to keep the Earth below a 2-degree Celsius rise in preindustrial temperatures, scientific findings show a miniscule drop in temperature at best, even if every participating nation lived up to its obligation (which is questionable).
Even President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told Congress, “there is not a single country that signed the Paris climate agreement expecting that the 2020 goals would get us where we need to be.” Yet by Mr. Trump’s estimate, the pact would cost the U.S. about $3 trillion in lost gross domestic product.
Instead of facing the fallacious fallout of withdrawing from the treaty, which is expected to take years, Trump should have done what Mr. Obama didn’t: Submit this odious pact for Senate review, as required by law, where it rightfully should be rejected.