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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Trump Withdraws from the Paris Climate Accords

A perfect summation from Charlie Pierce:
I didn't think he could top his ghastly American Carnage inaugural address for sheer fact-free and paranoiac mendacity, but he managed to do it on Thursday. By announcing that the United States was withdrawing from the groundbreaking Paris Accords regarding the world climate crisis, the president* wallowed in rank, xenophobic victimhood while basking in the scattered applause of the otherwise unemployable yahoos whose self-respect is sufficiently low that they still work for him. Any doubt that Steve Bannon is running this White House now, either personally or through his finger-puppet, obvious anagram Reince Priebus, now has evaporated. The transformation of the American government into a Breitbart comments thread is complete.
It was appalling. It was condescending. It was awful content delivered by a dolt who wouldn't know the Paris Accords from a baguette without the shoddy talking points that someone put in front of him. (snip)
The least objectionable element of the speech was its utter internal incoherence.
The United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian economic and financial burden the agreement imposes on our country.
Paris was a non-binding and ineffective agreement, but it was "draconian" nonetheless. The economy is booming under his leadership, but the Paris Accord was destroying it at the same time. This was a speech written by a fool, to be delivered by a fool, with the presumption that a great percentage of its target audience is made up of fools.
But the really noxious stuff was the attempt at transforming a worldwide agreement to combat an existential threat to life on this planet into what he stupidly called a scheme to redistribute our wealth to China, as if we're all not going to be buying our solar panels from China for the next 50 years because of this cluck. The really noxious stuff was all that simpering about how the rest of the world is playing us for suckers and laughing at us, as though the rest of the world doesn't think we've lost our mind as a nation simply by electing a vulgar talking yam. The really noxious stuff was all his crocodile tears about the Forgotten People, as though a lot of them are not suffering through drought, or losing their houses to floods and to landslides, about which he and his people care nothing at all. (snip)
It was a speech written by an angry child, to be delivered by an angry child, with the assumption that its targeted audience was made up of angry children, too. And it was of a piece with that lunatic Wall Street Journal op-ed from Tuesday in which H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn pretty much decided that international diplomacy is nothing more than a larger-than-usual barrel of cannibalistic crabs. (snip)
The idea that these people put together a party in the Rose Garden to celebrate the withdrawal of American leadership in the world leads me to believe that they'd host a barbecue to celebrate a public execution. None of that matters. While the president was speaking, as it happens, a huge chunk of Antarctica was preparing to break off. Meanwhile, Wednesday was the first day of hurricane season, and this president*, who cares so much about the duties of his office and the people of this great land, still hasn't bothered to appoint a FEMA director yet. The nonsense he spewed on Thursday doesn't matter, either, even if it continues to gull the suckers out in the sticks. The oceans are not listening to him.
(emphases added)

This "decision" (which thankfully won't matter too much in the grand scheme of fighting climate change, because most of the US is actually committed to reducing carbon emissions) easily moves Trump into the lead for WORST PRESIDENT EVER. It's just a complete bone-headed, petty move, that cedes any moral authority or global leadership by the US. In his few short months as POTUS, Trump has greatly diminished the stature of the US, much more than Bush, and of course, it must make his boss Vladimir Putin very happy.


Blogger the mighty wak said...

ya how stupid to withdraw from this "Paris Climate Accords".
i mean, certainly the US taxpayers should pay the lion's share of carbon taxes
to "combat global warming" while other countries, such as mexico, korea and virtually every asian country on the planet who actually pollute the environment to the extreme pay nothing. i mean, that's only fair, right?

anyway, this just in::

oops, except it's not trump.

1:29 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...


3:49 PM  
Blogger spooked said...

Man-made climate change is a serious threat to life on earth. The US contributed the bulk of the carbon pollution over the years, as opposed to developing countries, so it is only fair that we pay to help people affected by climate damage.

Trump is an asshole and anthropogenic climate deniers are assholes.

5:53 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

trump is indeed an asshole. so is al gore. so is bush and obama.
i don't deny the environment is being rapidly destroyed at the hands of humans who seem to be for the most part no caring idiots if not outright evil skode bastards.
at least in the US we have (allegedly) oversight of industrial pollution (allegedly). other countries have no oversight and simply blast whatever poisons they want into the air and the planet's water.
hey, i recycle everything. i don't dump solvents and metals into the garbage or earth ar water. i do not toss plastic water bottles or cigarette butts around willy-nilly. i try to do my part cleaning up properly after myself.
ok ya, trump is a major asshole, but let's say that he kept the US on track with climate/environment accords, what would happen? would the rest of the world suddenly be shamed into regulating their pollution? i doubt it.

let me tell y'alls something. and i mean all y'alls. i live in california and we have the very most strictest automobile smog emission standards, the very most strictest industrial pollution standards, the very most strictest medical waste disposal regulations, etc, etc...OF ANYBODY ON THE ENTIRE PLANET.

S, i know where you live, does your state require you car to pass a strict exhaust smog emmission test in order to register it as road worthy? i know arizona does not and i think also new mexico and texas do not. ha. your car would be deemed a "gross polluter" here in cali, and your registration would expire and it would be towed away. we have strict codes about firewood smoke as well. and industrial pollution.

ok ya, trump is indeed a super asshole - he walked away from the climate accords. tell me though, who is a real champion of the climate/environment,?
and don't say al gore because i will post a list complete with photos of his several mansions, all with every electric light blazing away 24/7.
not to mention his private airliner that he jets around in.

ok. carbon tax - where is this carbon tax money spent? does uncle shmuel send al gore out with a fat checkbook to ensure that mexico and india and ARIZONA for god's sake stop polluting the environment? ya right.
ok i'm done. it's easy to be outraged at trump for not doing anything, but WHAT DO Y'ALLS PERSONALLY DO?

alright i'm done. christ 9/11 was almost too easy compared to todays politics.

11:33 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

Al Gore confuses TIDES with global warming ocean rise apocalypse, claims fish are “swimming in the streets” of Miami due to climate change"

wow. check him out::
Al Gore said, “I went down to Miami and saw fish from the ocean swimming in the streets on a sunny day… the same thing was true in Honolulu just two days [ago], just from high tides because of the sea level rise now. We are going to suffer some of these consequences…”
ha. according to al's genius logic, tides are proof that the sea level is rising. Gosh, does that also mean that every time the tide rolls out and the water level drops, climate change is solved? Does Al Gore really think global warming causes sea levels to rise by almost a foot every hour?

see the article for the actual causes of the ocean's rise and flooding the streets of cities THAT ARE BUILT ON SANDBARS. really, what kind of idiot proposes to build a city on a sandbar?

For the record, even the most alarmist climate change advocates only claim oceans will rise a few feet in a hundred years or so. Yet Al Gore stupidly thinks it all happened Saturday night in Miami, right before his very eyes.

8:41 PM  

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