Donald Trump’s stated reasons for exiting the Paris agreement are as transparent as his skin and as absurd as it’s brassy color. The Paris agreement was negotiated to United States specifications. It is not a trade deal, but an attempt to slow the damage humans inflict on the planet. Coal is not mentioned in the agreement. Renewable energy creates jobs; potentially the biggest growth in future job markets will be in renewable energy technologies. California has seen 40% higher economic growth than the rest of the country, due in large part to their efforts to lower the state’s carbon footprint.
Trump isn’t as powerful as he would like to think. California, New York, and Washington, three states that account for a fifth of the U.S. economy, have come together to form an alliance to tackle the climate crisis, exceeding standards set by the Paris agreement. In fact 30 of our 50 United States have adopted mandates for utilities to increase their use of renewable energy. Trump can not change that by this withdrawal from the Paris accord.
Trump’s goals as president are selfish ones. His desire is not only to transfer the country’s coffers to himself and to create a bigger wealth gap between the rich and the working classes, but his biggest obsession is in undoing the Obama legacy.
From healthcare, to childhood obesity, to the Paris agreement, Trump’s hatred for President Obama has eclipsed all pretense of “Making America Great Again.” What purpose is served in ending nutritional standards for school lunch programs other than to destroy another positive change the Obamas made during their time in Washington?
Many of us have wondered what it would take for Trump’s supportes to walk away from him, if not his braggadocio regarding sexual assault, or his refusal to denounce increasingly brazen white supremacist groups, or his determination to take healthcare away from the very people who, along with Russia, elected him. This might be the last straw.
Trump’s break from Paris is where the line is drawn for Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, and Roger Iger, chief executive of Disney, both resigned from Trump’s advisory council after his dear John speech to Paris. Chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, tweeted that Trump’s decision “is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world.”
Breaking from Paris may prove to be one of Trump’s fatal mistakes, the first of which was the firing of former FBI director James Comey. That decision had the opposite effect on the Russia investigation than intended. This Paris mistake has created new enemies for Trump, and enemies are a risky commodity for a person with secrets.
Since Trump’s attempt to sabotage the planet, it appears more leaks have sprung regarding his collusion with Russia. He may have unintentionally and indirectly provided investigators with the last nail they’ll need to seal his political coffin.