Everybody has lost their minds about Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords.
Unelected European bureaucrats say the president can’t do it. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told President Trump as much at the G7 conference. “We tried to explain that to Mr. Trump in Taormina in clear German sentences,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner. “It seems our attempt failed, but the law is the law and it must be obeyed.”
“Americans can’t just leave the climate protection agreement,” he said, explaining that there is a three- to four-year withdrawal process. “So this notion, ‘I am Trump, I am American, America First and I’m going to get out of it’ — that won’t happen,” Juncker said.
American liberals are accusing the president of treason. Billionaire climate alarmist Tom Steyer characterized the president’s decision as “greedy, selfish, and immoral.”
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) May 29, 2017
“If Trump pulls out of the #ParisAgreement he will be committing a traitorous act of war against the American people,” Steyer tweeted.
And anti-Trump Republicans have decided to embrace the Left’s climate agenda because Trump is opposing it.
“Trump’s pullout from the international accord would be a political act — one that signals solidarity with his climate-change denial, right-wing base that revels in scientific illiteracy,” the Washington Post’s faux conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin declared. “Being a climate-change denier — which entails dogmatic opposition to the Paris agreement — is a dog whistle to the far right.” Of course, not so long ago, Rubin was attacking the climate deal.
Meanwhile, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says American leadership requires latching on to a global treaty that would cost as much as $750 billion and six million American jobs without the consent of Congress.
Affirmation of the #ParisAgreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 31, 2017
President Trump should tell each of his critics to go jump in a lake.
An unelected European bureaucrat like Jean-Claude Juncker has no business telling the elected representative of the American people what the United States can and cannot do. The role of the president of the United States is to protect and preserve the U.S. Constitution and to act in the best interests of the American people, for the common good of all American citizens.
This climate deal would hurt American citizens without having any substantial effect on the climate. Americans should view withdrawing from this deal as an obligation of President Trump, as fulfilling the duties of his office. Which is why comments like Tom Steyer’s are stupid on the face of it. The president is not committing “an act of war on the American people.” Actually, Trump is defending the American people from an act of economic violence by international leftists.
That is why it is disappointing and frustrating to see so-called severe conservatives like Romney adopt a position that would hurt American citizens just to oppose President Trump. In his email newsletter, “The Transom,” Ben Domenech claims Mitt Romney is thinking about challenging President Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. If selling out the American people to European climate ideologues is the kind of leadership Romney thinks America needs, then expect Donald Trump to crush Romney in the primary.
President Trump should tell the rest of the world signing on to this deal that they are wasting everyone’s time with a symbolic gesture and insist that world leaders do something productive with their time and power, like strategize to eliminate radical Islamic terrorism and protect their people from the very real existential threat of murder by jihadists.
That’s what real American leadership would look like.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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