The hard truth is the people who actually benefit from this decision neither work nor give a damn about a country named America.
In a previous report in Wear Your Voice, we warned that Donald Trump, who, at the time, had just sent shock waves around the civilized world after winning the American presidency, would be disastrous for climate change. To make our point, we referenced Trump’s intention to not only defund Environmental Protection Agency but, also, withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord:
“Trump has promised to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the hard-fought treaty in which more than 100 countries have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep a lid in climate change.”
Yesterday, it seems, that that promise was fast-tracked toward fruition.
Speaking with the press in the Rose Garden on Thursday, President Trump announced that he would keep his campaign promise and yank the United States out of the Paris Accord. The reason: From his perspective, the U.S. has 1) become a laughingstock of the global community. Trump aims to put an end to that.
“We’re getting out,” declared Trump. “And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
And 2) the Paris Accord, by Trump’s enlightened estimation, threatens the livelihood and wage status of American workers,
“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production“
If his remarks strike you as an utter and complete fabrication of the truth, you read right. The man is clearly confusing the Paris Accord with the environmental costs and risks inherent in late capitalism’s free market. For the former is one of the few progressive initiatives to come out of Obama’s administration and, if implemented, through its focus on cutting greenhouse emissions, would make a drastic improvement in the heath and wellbeing of working people in America, especially “the blacks.”
As I pointed out here before, “Blacks disproportionately lack access to such basic, fundamental ecological necessities as clean air and water.”
Pulling out of the Paris Accord would only stagnant or worsen this already severe problem.
And while 45 would have us believe that the Paris Accord is about protecting American workers, IRL the people who actually benefit from this decision neither work nor give a damn about a country named America. Listen:
“Unmissable behind the elected Republicans,” who urged Trump to withdraw from the Paris Accord, “stand other interests: the oil, gas and coal industries, which together are some of the most influential donors to Republican candidates.”
Oil, gas and coal, the corporate figureheads with a vested interest in preserving these lucrative industries and the conservative political hacks acting in concert with these heartless business moguls are the real winners.
We know that’s not much of a surprise to you. We know we’re singing to the choir. But, you know what, sometimes, it’s just nice to clear the air so that we’re all on the same page about the chronic liar that is Donald Trump and reemphasizing the ever present need to channel every waking moment of the next three and some change years leveraging our talents to stop him.
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