Amid great criticism, U.S. President Donald was withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord. The move was expected by many as previously he had denied the existence of Climate Change. This means the implementation of the non-binding portions of the agreement will no longer be enforced by the U.S.
Trump is quoted as saying: “The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States,” the president said in the Rose Garden. “So we are getting out, but we are starting to negotiate and we’ll see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”
Trump’s criticisms were as expected. He claimed that the economic impact of such environmental protections would damage U.S. jobs, a promise he has yet to fulfil from his campaign. He referred to it as “very unfair at the highest level to the United States.” Evoking an attitude of xenophobia he made the claim that such an agreement would be “massive redistribution of United States wealth” to other countries. However, he gave no explanation of how this would supposedly happen.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump continued. “I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America’s interests.”
He said the Paris accord would “undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty [and] impose unacceptable legal risk.”
Despite his seeming belief that the preservation of the planet wouldn’t benefit Americans, he kept the door open to possible agreements in the future if they were to better serve U.S. interests.
“I’m willing to immediately work with Democratic leaders to either negotiate our way back into Paris under the terms that are fair to the United States and its workers or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers,” he said.
This latest move by the president damages the credibility of the U.S. to an even greater degree. Simply refusing to carry out any measures designed to protect makes the U.S. look as though it has absolutely no concern for the future sustainability of the world. Trump and America’s, adamant denial of the science behind climate change has already been a stain upon America’s standing upon the globe. Already many countries see the U.S. as an ignorant mass that shows irrational hatred towards anything they don’t like, regardless of facts. This new act of withdrawing from an important agreement further cements the image that the U.S. is reckless and self-absorbed.
Such a move adequately reflects the profit motive of capitalism. Sections of the ruling class who make astronomical amounts of money from industries have gone to great lengths to deny the reality of climate change. Oil companies have spent endless amounts to produce phoney scientific papers to deny the damage that fossil fuels inflict upon the atmosphere. High ranking members of the U.S. government, as representatives and investors of such companies, allege conspiracies by those who would seek to produce cleaner energy. Trump himself has claimed in at least one post on Twitter that climate change is a conspiracy by the Chinese to attack the U.S.: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Given this, frankly, evil and psychotic denial of climate change, is it time to do something about the U.S.? At what point does climate change become so dangerous that it requires an international effort to stop the U.S. from polluting the world? Currently, we’re on a crash course to destroy the planet and kill billions of people. At what point is it necessary for the world to step in militarily and stop the U.S.? If they continue down this path of global destruction that threatens to wipe out the human race, would such an international action be an act of self-defense? If the U.S. is going to deny the billions of lives that they are placing in danger, isn’t it the responsibility of the world to stop them?
I think the answer to that will come in time. Hopefully, before it’s too late.