Monsieur le Président Trump: Adieu à Paris!

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

By William M Briggs Published on June 1, 2017

A typical reaction, this from guy named Matt Stoller, a Fellow at the Open Markets Program at New America: “I’ve honestly been so terrified by climate change for years that I sort of can’t believe climate isn’t in all caps all the time everywhere.”

The worst part is that this Twitter-verified Stoller seems to believe what he’s saying. Sad.

“It’s been clear that climate change will kill billions,” he tweeted, “it’s been clear for years, Paris wouldn’t have stopped it, but this is still bad.”

Sure, global warming hasn’t killed anybody yet, but it will kill billions. Sheesh. Now I ask you: How do we deal with folks who have slipped so far down the propaganda hole?

My question is in earnest. Unlike Stoller, I am an actual climate scientist. But I cannot envision any rational argument or set of facts which would calm this overly nervous man down. If I told him the truth about global warming, about how little scientists actually know about what drives climate change, Stoller might screech “Denier!” at me. Or he might accuse me of being part of a conspiracy.

Led by Oil companies, of course. Ever notice how the Stollers among us are like the guy in the bar who is convinced energy companies are keeping the secret of water-driven engines from us so that the oil companies can maintain their rich monopoly?

Let’s Panic!

Whatever mental malady grips Stoller, it’s widespread among the perpetually “outraged.” As I write, the entire Huffington Post site is emblazoned with the words “Trump to Planet: Drop Dead.” Billionaire Tom Steyer, who’d love it if the government bought some of the green he was selling, said Trump’s Paris covfefe was a “traitorous act of war.”

Act of war?

How do you reason with that? Answer: You cannot.

As frenetic and uninformed-by-science as these (common) views are, they at least make sense. If you believe the world is “literally” doomed unless we confiscate people’s earnings and hand them over to an unaccountable global organization, then an unhinged spittle-flecked tirade is the way to go.

Trump Refuses Pied Piper Role

But then how do we explain the attitudes of people like failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney?

He tweeted, “Affirmation of the #ParisAgreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader.”

This was echoed by “conservative” (her word) Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin, who wrote of the move, “BAD: US again ceding internatl leadership, kowtow to know-nothings”

So we needed to accept a horrible deal just to show everybody who’s boss?

Yet don’t forget Paris would have ceded power to some agency to be created by the United Nations. This agency would have monitored our thermometers and nagged us when the mercury wandered out of certain arbitrary zones. And don’t forget the money. There would have been lots and lots of it, all sucked from your pocket and trucked over to First Avenue in Manhattan.

This would have demonstrated American “leadership”?

Sad Day For Bureaucrats

Probably speaking from his garage, in which he might have been searching for his missing college transcripts, that guy who used to be President was none too happy that his precious was abandoned by The Donald. He said, “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created.”

They sure will. Bureaucrats, functionaries, regulators, and leeches of various kinds who would have suckled on the Washington teat will now have to join the immigrants descending on countries like France to find employment. Meanwhile, if there are any real benefits from “alternative” energy sources or transportation, they will succeed in spite of government “assistance,” not because of it.

The amusing part of this story, which originates in the New York Times, is this line: “The president’s decision was a victory for Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist,”

Well, and this is true. But wasn’t that paper, and every other mainstream organ, assuring us just a few weeks back that Bannon was being booted? I guess the “sources” on which these media mavens lean are not as reliable as promised.

More proof Trump did the right thing. The whiny Elon Musk, boss of car company Tesla, which has received billions and billions of government subsidies, said he’d no longer be Trump’s friend if Trump exited Paris.

What is this, high school?

Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

If you’re in the least inclined to worry about global warming, here’s a fun prediction from 1990. Made by serial error-maker Paul Ehrlich. “As global temperatures rise … we’ll be facing a sea-level rise. …You could tie your boat to the Washington Monument.”

Failing to learn from history, the Washingtonian, twenty-seven years later, makes the same prediction. Our great capitol will soon be submerged.

So if Trump was wrong about leaving Paris, we still have something to look forward to.

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  • Gary

    I love seeing the liberals reaction to this. They’ll need more beds down at the asylum. I would tell the liberals not to worry, but I’m enjoying this too much!

    • tasha63

      And you will be living with a very hot world. You, your children and grandchildren. Not a legacy I’d want for mine.

      • Gary

        Do you accept evolution? Then you must accept everything that goes with it. Your offspring will have to adapt, or die. Those are the options evolution gives you.

        • tasha63

          I do accept evolution. But, global warming is not caused by evolution. It is caused by us humans and our use of fossil fuels. I think it is a terrible thing to say “adapt or die”. That is condemning many millions to a very harsh life. You think we have refugee problems now? Well wait until countries such as Bangladesh or the S. Pacific islands are underwater. Look at what is happening right in our own Louisiana. It is losing a football field of land to the sea EVERY HOUR.

        • tasha63

          This is data from NASA on what is warming the world. If this won’t convince you, then likely nothing will. “What’s Really Warming the World? Skeptics of manmade climate change offer various natural causes to explain why the Earth has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahreinheit since 1880. But can these account for the planet’s rising temperature?
          “Atmospheric CO2 levels are 40 percent higher than they were in 1750.”

          All the data presented is from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Check it out. It should alarm everyone. We still have time to DO something to impact this, but not with Trump’s denialism at the helm.


    • tasha63

      And gloating is unbecoming to a professed Christian. Not very charitable or compassionate if you know what I mean.

    • m-nj

      ugh oh Gary, tasha63 is calling you out for “gloating”… do you feel ashamed? do you want to repent? i guess i’ll have to get down on my knees and ask for fogiveness, too… NOT!

      christians are allowed to rejoice when evil is cast down… and also pray that this “shaking” of the climate hysteria worldview allows some of the libs/progs to actually hear the truth of the Gospel and be saved

      • tasha63

        Your gloating over something so serious that will affect the lives of millions of people is NOT becoming of a professed Christian.

  • GPS Daddy

    Money is the basis of mistrust. The more money is involved the harder trust is to gain. The science in understanding the climate is a difficult discipline. Its upon the scientific community to demonstrate they know what they are talking about before they get access to trillions of dollars.

    • tasha63

      They’ve done so many times over. It is up to the people to believe the science that exists – and act.

  • Yawrate

    I feel much better now about my vote for Trump.

  • tasha63

    This is the end of Trump. He will live to regret his stupid decision.

  • Mabel Jacome

    HaHaHa…. I so love this article! 😀 And I couldn’t agree with it more!
    Pa’lante Trump! Go Trump! I’m oh so glad I gave Trump my vote! No regrets!

  • m-nj

    I found these quotes to post on a related story, and thought i’d repost her for your amusement

    two quotes from the U.N. regarding the real purpose of “climate policy” … wealth redistribution …

    [emphases added]

    At a news conference last week [in Feb 2015] in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, ADMITTED THAT THE GOAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS IS NOT TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM ECOLOGICAL CALAMITY BUT TO DESTROY CAPITALISM.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

    Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

    another U.N. official, former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer [from early 2016] discussing the overarching ideology behind all of supposed “climate policy”, which would inherently include the Paris Accord:

    “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.


    • tasha63

      “The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

      At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

      The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.”

      Tell me how she is against capitalism. She says ‘the only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism.” That does not sound like someone against it. HOWEVER, we do have to make changes quickly because so much of our ‘industrial revolution’ is based on fossil fuels. And, we now know how dangerous that is.

  • bbb

    But then it was so convenient to not even speak of the Copenhagen Accord that flopped almost immediately.
    The US signed on to the Copenhagen Accord and immediately restrictions on water, higher energy prices and EPA emissions laws were passed in the USA and we are still living under them. The US provided huge amounts to this accord but not one other country did a thing to improve the accord demanded to help the environment
    The greatest polluters were and are India, Russia, China, Mexico and Indonesia.
    Now a “New” plan {Paris Treaty}provides more severe restrictions on the US, billions and billions of US tax dollars going around the world, but this time no other nations have to do anything until 2030 – IF they do not immediately break the treaty as they did already – China decided to give $0.
    The problem with environmentalists is that they do not get all the facts, yell and wail and do double flip-flops, and drive more people away from their devotion to nature than attract them.
    Christians know that God created the world, nature, seasons [aka climate] and mankind’s responsibility to take care of the planet. Yet those who scream loudest “Climate Change Catastrophes!” often pollute more and throw money at the issue with the excuse “I’ve paid for my carbon footprints.”
    Christians are far more content to live in God’s world and believe Him for His grace as they follow His words to take care of His creations. Maybe a little faith would help those having hysterics sleep a little better at night.

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