President Trump announced Thursday that his administration is backing out of the Paris agreement on combating "climate change,"or as clear-headed people call it, "weather."
"So we're getting out," said Trump. "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."
Backing out of the agreement signed by former community organizer Barack Obama puts the United States (in addition to Syria and Nicaragua) in opposition to nearly two hundred other countries who agreed, or pretended to, to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. would have been required to reduce fossil fuel emissions nearly 30 percent by 2025.
“The Paris accord will undermine our economy,” Trump said, adding that it “puts us at a permanent disadvantage. It’s time to exit."
Trump’s decision delighted American conservatives but sent Progressives, who hate it when America chooses its own self-interest over their globalist agenda, into a frenzy. Progressives see Trump's decision as evidence that the United States is wrong as usual and Trump hates the planet and wants children everywhere to die.
Obama himself weighed in, in a statement: “Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got."
Socialist Bernie Sanders called the move “an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace.” Former Vice President Al Gore, whose carbon footprint alone is larger than South America's, said it was “a reckless and indefensible action.”
Premier Li Keqiang of China, unapologetically one of the worst-polluting countries on the planet, said that fighting so-called climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility."
If China, Obama, Sanders, and Gore are against it, then Trump's move was the right one.
The ACLU called the pullout, "a massive step back for racial justice, and an assault on communities of color across the U.S."
A CNN op-ed headline declared, "Trump to Planet: Drop Dead."
Propagandist filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted, "Trump just committed a crime against humanity."
Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer added in a tweet, “Generations of Americans will suffer the destructive effects of Trump’s greedy, selfish, and immoral decision.”
But Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel applauded Trump for putting “American workers first. The president is sending a clear message that we will no longer remain beholden to burdensome international deals at the expense of our taxpayers,” she said. “I commend the president for making this decision that will save the U.S. economy from the loss of millions of jobs and trillions in economic output.”