Many countries are angry that President Trump chose to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. We’ve documented this and the ramifications of his decision in a prior story. However, there is one group which will see this decision as a campaign promise being kept and another step on the road to “making America great again.”

As CNN reports, the Rose Garden spectacle yesterday was aimed at a specific audience:

It was an eloquent encapsulation of the political creed that powered his rise to the presidency and his belief that he is delivering for what Vice President Mike Pence called the “forgotten men and women.”

“This is Trump. This is Trumpism, I would say this is Trump at his best,” said Stephen Moore, a former economic adviser to the president’s campaign, who is now a CNN commentator.

“When he talked about pulling out of the Paris accord, it was met by thunderous ovations from Trump voters.”

The Canadian media outlet known as CBC News also adds some analysis about how well this move could play in the Midwest:

Those are the voters in the industrial Midwest, many of them lifelong Democrats, who in the past election shifted to Trump, believing he may be able to stem the hollowing-out of manufacturing jobs in their region.

And to the blue collar workers in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, a global deal calling on the U.S. to lower CO2 emissions is a job killer.

“It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — along with many, many other locations within our great country, before Paris, France,” Trump said.

This is all illustrated in a carefully conceived line yesterday referencing the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

However, the Mayor of Pittsburgh responded to Trump’s line on twitter:

The city of Pittsburgh voted 80% for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, but the surrounding areas in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio are Trump’s bread and butter, especially when it comes to the steel industry.

The irony here is that the Paris accord was non-binding, meaning the United States was not under any obligation to actually carry through with any changes on greenhouse gas emissions. Trump could have left America in the agreement, but halted any action on it during his term. Instead, he chose to create the press event in front of the cameras for the purpose of speaking directly to his base.

If you’re looking for more information what is actually in the Paris Agreement and what it was intended to achieve, check this article from NPR for a fairly decent examination of it.

7 COMMENTS

  1. We are now vastly weakened on the world stage as leaders on the universally important matter of climate change. As dictated by the scientifically ignorant chump-in-chief. Shirking our social responsibility. Unconscionable. SMH.

    • Weakened? Are you dreaming? You mean the other countries might now have to pay for hot air, right?

      Why does the US always have to pay too much of the bill? A bill that was non binding.

  2. Trump is the oldest man ever to be elected president of the United States. On June 14, Trump will be 71 years old. He is grossly overweight, eats excessively, sleeps intermittently, and has a private doctor that will not disclose his true health condition. Trump is a deeply isolated President who spends lots of time, particularly at night and in the early morning, watching TV, and hitting “send” on a lot of ill-advised tweets—tweets that are false, tweets that show him to be thin-skinned and tweets of a bully.

    Even the above paragraph cannot explain Trump’s lose of reason in withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Trump’s decision to abandon the Climate Agreement for environmental action signed by 195 nations is a remarkable rebuke to heads of state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president’s own staff, who all failed to change his mind. The Paris agreement was intended to bind the world community into battling rising temperatures together, and the departure of the Earth’s second-largest polluter is a major blow. Even companies Trump said the choice is going to help disagree with him. Apple, Exxon Mobile, Ford, general Electric, Pepsi, IBM to name a few — have pledged to either stick to the climate accord or continue cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. Elon Musk, head of electric car company Tesla, and Disney boss Bob Iger both left the President’s advisory councils in wake of Trump’s choice.

    Our economy is not being crushed by climate regulations. Under Obama the economy was thriving. Green energy is a huge, almost limitless market. Factories are not closing because of solar panels. With fracking, we now are global leaders in oil and gas production even with all of the Obama regulations in place. Trump is inventing a crisis which does not exist.

    • Perhaps if you were unemployed you wouldn’t think the economy was thriving. I know employers that closed businesses because of Obama’s regulations. His employee’s lost their jobs, right? What choice did he have. He needed to make a profit so he could pay his employees.

      Imagine a politician keeping campaign promises. Yes, that is a shocker.

      • Technically speaking, an employer doesn’t “make a profit so he could pay his employees.”
        “Profit” is something he (or his stockholders) pocket.
        Labor cost is an expense that’s figured in (and deducted) before profit is determined.
        And, thus, the employer does everything he can to minimize labor costs (ie, eliminate employees).

        The “economy” has been thriving. Just look at the all-time high stock markets. Money is pouring in. But since the 1970s, real income for employees has been dropping, even while owners and managers are raking in record “profits.”

  3. The oddest thing about Trump’s speech is that he felt obligated to admit that the Paris Agreement is both (a) voluntary, and (b) non-binding. Why on earth are we bailing out of an agreement that is just a toothless guideline, anyway? Only to spite Obama. Period. “Nyah-nyah!”

    The second oddest thing is Trump’s claim that we’ll just, you know, redo it. Yeah, right. It took eight years to get what we have, and every country in the world agrees with it (except Syria). We and Syria, yeah, we got lots of negotiating power, together.

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