Trump Likely Exiting Paris Climate Accord Much Ado About Nothing
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted “I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00PM. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
He’s expected to say he’s pulling America out of the yearend 2015 agreement.
Remaining part of it or ordering an exit will have little effect environmentally or on the US economy – claims otherwise more hype than reality.
On the other hand, withdrawal could be a huge diplomatic mistake, abdicating US leadership on this issue, weakening its position on others.
On Wednesday, Trump told reporters “I’m hearing from a lot of people both ways,” promising a decision “very soon.”
Under the Paris agreement, America promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from 26 – 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.
Washington consistently breaches treaties it agrees to, most recently the Iran nuclear deal, illegally imposing sanctions for fabricated reasons, violating the letter and spirit of the JCPOA.
US history is pockmarked with broken promises and betrayal, against its own people and others, waging war after vowing peace, long ago proving its trustworthiness and credibility are lacking.
The 2015 Paris climate agreement fell way short of what adherents claimed. Meaningful results weren’t achieved, despite hype claiming otherwise.
Friends of the Earth International (FEI) accused America and other “(r)ich countries (of) mov(ing) the goal posts,” serving their monied interests, profiting hugely by despoiling planet earth – calling the Paris deal “a sham,” FEI’s climate justice and energy coordinator Sara Shaw saying:
“Through piecemeal pledges and bullying tactics, (US-led) rich countries have pushed through a very bad deal…fail(ing) humanity.”
Rich countries refuse to cut fossil fuel emissions enough to matter. Climate Justice Alliance coordinator Ananda Lee Tan said “(o)nce again, world leaders have shown they lack the political courage, decency, and integrity to stand up for the needs of the most impacted communities around the world in the biggest ecological crisis of our time.”
“Our assessment is that, again, it is left up to us. We know it is people and communities that have to lead us out of this ecological crisis” – never major political leaders serving special interests exclusively.
US-led leading countries bullied, bribed and threatened smaller, poorer ones to go along, the deal reached amounting to a whimper, not a bang, not a hyped historic “turning point” on fossil fuel use as claimed.
Trump pulling America out of the deal hardly matters. A meaningful one is needed, something major greenhouse emitting nations won’t support.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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