The media has reported widely that Donald Trump has been trying to increase the importance of Russia, and its leader, Vladimir Putin. Less widely reported is the fact that things Trump has done are tending to cede world leadership China. For instance, by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, it gives China the opportunity to say they will lead, instead.

Fox News announced the withdrawal.

After days of drama and suspense, President Trump announced Thursday that his administration will exit the Paris climate agreement. . . Leaving the accord aligns the United States with Syria and Nicaragua. . .

Though there are no legal ramifications for pulling out of the accord, it does alienate America and diminish its standing as a global leader. . .

The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact between nearly 200 nations to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change. . .

Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon as well as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have been pressing the president to exit the deal. Trump’s daughter Ivanka as well as business leaders and other U.S. allies have been pushing pro-Paris agenda, Politico reported.

Business leaders including Apple’s Tim Cook and Tesla’s Elon Musk had also lobbied Trump to stay in the agreement.

Business Insider says there will be repercussions.

According to John Sterman, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and senior advisor at Climate Interactive, leaving the Paris Agreement will create uncertainty in the economy about the future of fossil fuels and renewable-energy resources. That would be “bad for businesses” and others hoping to invest in renewable energy and could spread to other countries’ economies. It would also lead to slower deployments of renewable energy, Sterman said. . .

Another repercussion, Sterman says, is potential retaliation from other countries, who could also leave the Paris Agreement or punish the US in some way.

“It’s not that far-fetched to imagine a scenario where China, in response to the US pulling out … implements a carbon tax on all goods exported from the US to China, and others nations could follow suit,” Sterman said.

This prospect reportedly led several fossil-fuel companies, including ExxonMobil and the coal-mining group Cloud Peak Energy, to urge the president to stay in the agreement. Sterman said coal, gas, and oil companies knew that while they may be restricted slightly by the Paris Agreement, they could lose their seat at the international negotiating table — with China, India, the European Union, and other world powers — if the US pulled out of the accord. . .

Sterman said the US would lose jobs that could only be done locally, like installing, operating, and maintaining solar panels and wind turbines. These kinds of jobs mostly are occupied by blue-collar workers, who are “the base of President Trump’s support,” Sterman said.

As you can see from this map, Trump’s decision aligns us with only two tiny, questionable countries in the world—our buddies in Syria and Nicaragua.

The conservative Washington Examiner says its another step toward Chinese world leadership, specifically noted by the German ambassador.

Ambassador Peter Wittig: When it comes to the international order, there should be no vacuum. If we lose American leadership, others will step in. The recent “belt and road” conference in Beijing was a reminder that China is ready to step into a possible vacuum that the U.S. might be leaving. . .

Conclusion: The horizon of U.S.-EU relations is a tough one. China and Russia will be loving this.

The National Geograpnic takes it a step further, in an article titled, “China Poised for Leadership on Climate Change After U.S. Reversal.”

China may soon fill the leadership vacuum that President Donald Trump leaves on the world stage as he is expected to sign a new executive order Tuesday that seeks to dismantle much of the work on climate change enacted by his predecessor. . .

At the same time, China’s leadership has taken steps to move away from coal and has renewed calls to continue global action on reducing carbon emissions. . .

While Trump’s order casts uncertainty over U.S. efforts to rein in emissions, China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has not paused in its drive to ramp up renewable energy and curb its use of coal. It just halted the construction of 103 new coal-fired power plants, and its energy agency at the start of the year announced plans to pour more than $360 billion into renewable energy by the end of the decade. . .

Here again, the spoils could fall to China, which is home to some of the world’s biggest wind and solar manufacturers. “If the U.S. backs out of the energy transition,” Kortenhorst says, China will think, “it’s time to double down, because the market opportunity has just fallen even closer into their lap.”

Handing over leadership to China is also noted in this earlier article about TPP, titled, “Trump sinks Asia trade pact, opening the way for China to lead.”

An ambitious Asia-Pacific trade pact linking the United States and 11 countries lay in tatters on Tuesday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he would kill the deal on his first day in office on Jan. 20.

Trump’s statement appeared to open the way for China to assume the United States’ leadership mantle on trade and diplomacy in Asia. The Republican termed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “a potential disaster for our country.”

China, Japan and South Korea are already in the initial stages of discussing a trilateral trade deal, and Beijing has been pushing its own limited Asian regional trade pact that excludes Washington for the past five years.

Japan and Australia, Washington’s closest allies in Asia, pledged after Trump’s announcement to push ahead without the United States, although removing the largest market for goods and services would shrink it dramatically. . .

China has pushed its own Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which notably excludes the United States.

•The idea of negotiating a new climate change pact with ONLY Syria (Nicaragua is in process of signing) on our side, of all the nations of the world, seems like folly.

•Likewise, handing over leadership in eastern trade to China seems questionable.

• And, of course, Trump has said we can’t deal with North Korea, so he’s asking China to take leadership in that area, too.

Business Insider says China is quite willing to take over as moving force in the world.

China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said. . .

“If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world, I would say it’s not China rushing to the front but rather the front-runners have stepped back, leaving the place to China,” Zhang said.

“If China is required to play that leadership role, then China will assume its responsibilities,” he added.

25 COMMENTS

      • I will have to disagree with you. If it was, then he would have stayed in the Paris Agreement. In fact, during his speech he specifically mentioned that he is OUR President. He will help us become a better Country and a cleaner one. No agreement between nations will help achieve a better world by holding meetings. Lol. I can attest to that. It is only by innovation and R&D that we can be better. Capitalism is the biggest motivator.
        I happen to love geothermal , wind, water, and solar energy. Fracking created a cheaper plentiful supply of natural gas. As well as new battery designs.
        For those, claiming that this will hurt us. Well, I think they should take a good look in the mirror. These last few years I have witnessed riots and protest that destroyed good homes and businesses. The pipeline protest cost millions of dollars to clean up caused unneeded expense to the state.
        Responsibility for ourselves, and our country. That is what we need to focus on.
        We can and will lead by example. We need to invest motivate a need to engineer and design a better world.
        I am happy he backed out. So is my 401k.

        • Capitalism is an economic system that is driven by the engines of greed. Free Market is a Capitalist Utopian fantasy. It is a “do this or die” system for wage earners.
          Those who own the means of production – land and machine – can consistently hold everyone else for ransom. All they need to do is just provide as much wages as is enough to keep the workers alive and productive – and never in proportion to the wealth they are accumulating. This system is how 10 per cent of Americans controls the real wealth of this country. You are not of the 10 per cent. I am not. Yet, you say you believe in this inequity.

          Thanks for bringing up wind, water, and solar energy. And that Fracking created a cheaper and plentiful supply of natural gas. You can thank President Barrack Obama for those life saving gifts.

          Trump wants to bring back air pollution with coal-fired plants which includes sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and heavy metals, leading to smog, acid rain, toxins in the environment, causing numerous respiratory, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular problems. And that sounds good to you?

          Even your 401K isn’t safe. To fund the reduction in tax revenue, one of the items Trump Inc is looking to changing is the deductibility of employee 401(k) deferrals. The Joint Committee on Taxation, which acts as an advisor to Congress with research on the tax code, has shown that tax-preferred treatment of defined contribution plans will cost 583.6 billion in foregone revenue between 2016 and 2020. So kiss this safe haven goodbye soon.

          • Spoken like a true socialist. A failed socialist.

            That 401K is as safe as can be. In fact they want more programs like that. You chicken little people don’t have a clue.

            • There are several different versions of Chicken Little. Yet the moral in each one is not to be a “Chicken” but to have courage. In one version (the one you are referring to) where the birds are eaten by the fox, the fable is interpreted as a warning not to believe everything one is told. Either way, it is good advice, for today we have the president that Chicken Little had in mind.

              Thursday (April 27th) press secretary Sean Spicer said the President’s tax reform plan would scrap preferred tax treatment for 401ks.
              “The current plan right now both protects charitable giving and mortgage interest and that’s it,” said Spicer, when asked specifically about tax treatment of 401ks

            • Thanks for the clarification. You left off the following: Trump’s tax plan won’t affect 401(k) deductions, White House …

            • Donald Trump made hundreds of unfullfilled promises and pledges as well as threats on his road to the White House. Facts and expertise went out of style when Donald Trump began his campaign and it continues today on any and all subject matter.
              Believing your 401k is untouchable is reckless planning. The Trump Tax Plan will only allow deductions for home ownership and charitable contributions. Trump, as well as many Republican leaders, are concerns about potential large deficits due to tax breaks. Oops, they will finish off any tax deductions that may be left for 401K’s. Always bear in mind that the ordinary citizens carry the tax load.

          • Sorry for your loss. It must have been hard for you to loose sight of the American Dream. I have not. We must improve our country and actively work to make our country great.
            Fo your part. Become an EHS director. ? Then you may fully understand how wonderful we really are.

            • That is the most muddle post ever written. The American Dream is different for every citizen. Exactly what are your plans to improve our country? How are you actively working to make our country great? Or do you just blindly follow a leader?

              Advise and insidious remarks are cheap, Angelica, especially yours.

      • Goethe, with all due respect. You are wrong.
        In no way should we impose on ourselves, while fund a “agreement” that is unenforceable, while the highest emitter has an increase in emissions approved.
        That was a horrible deal. Just simply horrible.
        How important is the EPA?
        Extremely… Is the answer. They literally have the power to shut a business down and actively test water on a daily basis on millions of large quantity companies. We have agencies that oversea chemical use from start to finish, we have even our trash regulated…
        We are one great country. We have so many wonderful people WORKING, not protesting… But working to keep our country clean and safe.
        I wish you would sit down and educate yourself. Go talk to a Environment Health and Safety coordinator… OF ANY COMPANY.
        Talk to your? local EPA office. Or Water Reclamation District.

        If you want additional information I can probably provide it.

        We need to work on our infrastructure right now… So that we can continue to drink good water while being able to flush out toliets.

        • Explain to me, then, why one of Trump’s first official acts as president was to sign an executive order allowing the dumping of untreated coal mining waste directly into streams.

          • http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/319938-trump-signs-bill-undoing-obama-coal-mining-rule

            Here is an excerpt…
            “Regulators finalized the stream protection rule in December, but they spent most of Obama’s tenure writing it.”

            These polices were never enacted… This was another December surprise from Obama.

            Now would you like to know about the hundreds of documents we have to keep on record indicating the Total suspended solids and pH levels??

            Not to mention the permits for EVERYTHING. From GPM to PPM…

            Sometimes we even have to run it thru a filter before it ends…
            We test the influent and effluent. ????

            Again. It is easy to fool a person who has never worked for the EPA or a wastewater treatment plant. I worked in 4 different types. ?
            I am not normal. I love bugs. My favorite are rotifers. Look them up on YouTube. Facinating.

            • All WASTEWATER is REGULATED thru the EPA.
              Especially coal mines.

              This is another one of those idiotic “the sky is falling” crap that just simply is not true.

              I have worked on all different plants and even as a consultant on emptying standing water from decommissioned tanks. The water is filtered and tested. We do a great job protecting our environment. We are the ones that can serve time in jail if we pollute our streams…

              I guess I can explain it to you this way.

              The laws Obama attempted to pass in December is much like the ACA. Instead of trying to get the uninsured covered under Medicaid or Medicare. He caused a insurance company catastrophe. The only difference was one he did under a lame duck Congress, and the other with a pen.

            • Angelica…Angelica…try to keep up with the news. The first Clean Air Act was passed in 1955 by President Eisenhower. President Obama was not the first to try to add to it’s effective rules of promoting a safer and healthier life for Americans. More stringent rules were added in 1963, 1967, 1970, 1977 and 1990. That is the EPA you describe.

              Today, the EPA is lead by Scott Pruitt, the man who regularly sued the government and the agency he now manages. Pruitt sued to challenge implementation of Obama’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which attempts to regulate air pollution that drifts across state lines. Scott Pruitt sued to dismantle the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which limits the amount of toxic heavy metal pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Scott Pruitt also represented Oklahoma in three separate suits against the Clean Power Plan, which attempts to limit carbon emissions but, as as side effect, would also reduce general air pollutants like ozone and particulate matter.

              Last week, Mr. Trump signed an executive order directing Scott Pruitt to begin the legal process of dismantling major regulations that would increase the federal government’s authority to protect our rivers, streams and wetlands in order to prevent water pollution. Also last week, Mr. Pruitt ordered the agency to walk back a program on collecting data on methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas wells.

              Scientific studies are not decided by a popular vote or presidential appointees. They are tested by the evidence until they break or survive. If we treated our politician’s statements the same way, they would mostly be in jail for fraud and theft of public resources.

              There was no insurance company catastrophe. Fortune 500 shows the ten largest health insurers’ profits as $8.3 billion in 2008 and $15.0 billion in 2015, income figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, compiled by Sentier Research. Primarily because The Affordable Care Act requires that everyone has an insurance plan which means more money for insurance companies.

            • https://disq.us/url?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov%2Feg%2Fcoal-mining-effluent-guidelines%3A6YptnG33jksz88iPxo2nQF0v5to&cuid=3083047

              I guess I have to share this AGAIN.
              I repeat, I have not worked in a waste water treatment coal plant.
              IT is required that Landfills, Mines and Chemical plants have a Storm water Management plant. AS WELL AS A WASTE WATER TREATMENT plan.

              This has been in the works for DECADES. It has been REGULATED for decades. you think Obama created such a huge change? lmbo. More like added paperwork and a longer filing process.

              Please stop getting so frightened my the media.

            • Whatever happened to the future of coal gasification that Jimmy Carter talked about–or the use of switch grass to produce alcohol that George Bush talked about??

            • Not sure. I guess I can research it.
              I forgot to mention earlier that some water treatment plants (anaerobic) our bugs create methane gas that we reclaim and is burned off to supply heat in our exchangers. It is literally a cost saving and excellent system.

            • I hate terms like “clean coal.” Clean coal is what we use to burn cold fire to heat dry water to make cold steam to run quiet machines that produce zero energy!

              I did read up on the process. It’s not “clean.” It’s just a “less dirty” method.

              But my point was that Carter gave us the dream of using coal without poisoning ourselves, and Bush gave us the dream of just growing grass to run our cars. And we’ve heard nothing since. And the “dream” of the current administration is to go full-blast down-and-dirty.

            • Let’s be honest, even the most simple way to gather energy is not clean. (Eating/pooping).
              Carter introduced a way to use the “waste” over again, by using all the bi-products. We see this often with crude oil (gas, diesel fuel, petro, etc.)
              So our efficiency is greater.
              Everyone always forgets the wonderful benefits of coal.
              We see the finished product and are thankful, but condemn the process.. Doesn’t make much sense does it?
              Reuse, recycle, respect nature (don’t litter), grow your garden and plant a tree.
              If you work in a large company implement recycling bin, pay attention to what you put down the drain. Ask anyone with a septic tank how important it is to be respectful. It doesn’t take much to get clean air. Our world plays with each other quite well, if we do our part.
              I would like us to spread technology to those who need it. Supply drainage systems? and clean water. Spread knowledge around the world. That to me is more important than dropping 2*. Why have we not spread the basic necessities to the world?
              We need farmers, electricians, mechanics, and engineers. I would like nothing better than to produce and manufacture the next life changing device. I. The USA, we can, we might not get rich, reverse engineering (China) but we have the opportunity. Unless you work for a large company and sign away all your rights as a condition of your employment. Then all you get is a bonus. Lol. It is what it is.

            • That was my point. Let’s be honest. There is no such thing as “clean coal.” There’s just “less-dirty coal,” and there never can be “clean coal,” with any foreseeable technology. That’s all I’m saying.

              In the second part of your note, you sound like Bernie Sanders.

            • ? can’t we be a little bit of both?
              Truth be told, I love nature. I love taking care of our forest preserves. My husband is a hunter. I can skin and cut up a deer. ?
              I don’t kill them cause the permit cost too much where we hunt.
              Bernie isn’t so bad. I seen so many people take advantage of the system. And seen socialist countries fail. I really just love our country with all our faults. We are a young country that can become great.

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