They’re not taking it well

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In the aftermath of the Trump decision to reverse Obama’s Executive Action on the Paris Agreement, Europe has exploded. This German magazine cover says “Earth to Trump: F**k you!”

Because this President did what he promised to do when campaigning.

Because this President and his Cabinet remain unconvinced about the scientific modeling behind the Paris Accord.

Because this President knows that (largely because of Natural Gas development) the US is already way ahead of competitive nations who’ve been given a pass on the Accord in terms of carbon emissions.

Because this President knows that the whole thing is a wealth distribution scheme designed to take money from first-world countries and give it to third-world countries through a “Carbon Exchange” that’s been set up to make rich people richer.

Let’s preserve and protect the environment. But let’s take the power-play politics, the hysteria, the phony science, the corruption and the Marxism out of our efforts.

No one seems to care that the Paris Accord is technically a Treaty and should only have been passed by the Senate.

The Paris Agreement has a ‘bottom up’ structure in contrast to most international environmental law treaties which are ‘top down’, characterised by standards and targets set internationally, for states to implement. Unlike its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol, which sets commitment targets that have legal force, the Paris Agreement, with its emphasis on consensus-building, allows for voluntary and nationally determined targets.

The specific climate goals are thus politically encouraged, rather than legally bound. Only the processes governing the reporting and review of these goals are mandated under international law. This structure is especially notable for the United States—because there are no legal mitigation or finance targets, the agreement is considered an “executive agreement rather than a treaty”. This was a fudge, Obama knew he’d never get it through the Senate. Because the UNFCCC treaty of 1992 received the consent of the Senate, it was set up that the Paris Accord did not require further legislation from Congress for it to take effect.

Everyone has forgotten that Obama circumnavigated the Senate through Executive Action to bring the US to the Paris Agreement. Trump has merely reversed this misuse of executive power.

And what everyone is overlooking is HE TOLD THEM HE WOULD DO THIS!! He is actually carrying out a campaign promise. How can anyone be surprised?

Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is so appalled he’s offered up to $15 million of his own money to support the operations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretariat, including its work to help countries implement their commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. This would replace some of the money President Trump has taken off the table.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement saying they regretted Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement, which was designed “to avoid catastrophic levels of climate change fuelled by human activity.” 

In an English-language speech from the presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home, Mr Macron said: “I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the US and for our planet.”

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, said she had phoned the President to express her “disappointment” at the decision.

Meanwhile back at home, US Mayors who have already committed to the Paris obligations wrote an angry letter promising to follow through.

As the whole Accord was set up to be voluntary and self-regulated it’s perfectly OK that it’s left to voters in local communities to decide whether they will remain involved. It was not OK that the head of the government decided for everyone.

187 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

STATEMENT FROM THE CLIMATE MAYORS IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

Thursday, June 1st 2017

The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.

As 150 US Mayors representing 47 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

Signed,

The list of mayors who signed the document includes:

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles

Mayor Martin J Walsh
City of Boston

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City

Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston, Texas

Mayor Madeline Rogero
City of Knoxville, Tennessee

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago

Mayor Ed Murray
City of Seattle

Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia

Mayor Kasim Reed
City of Atlanta

According to CNN, the governors who have vowed to honor the Paris Accord are:

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts

Jerry Brown, California

Kate Brown, Oregon

Andrew Cuomo, New York

John Hickenlooper, Colorado

David Y. Ige, Hawaii

Jay Inslee, Washington

Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut

Terry McAuliffe, Virginia

Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island

  • So you think your so high and mighty that you have a right to stomp on all those who got less than you?? Look at this! As I initially said! All you Repub’s are extremely arrogant and madly egotistic, once you have a degree, you stick your tongues out at those who dont. Screw you and your degree, if a tornado struck your farm and you got ill to the point that you could not walk, needed a wheel chair, funding for a new home, chair, income and food were all available but your PRIDE would not let you recieve it? Then it is YOU who deserves to go under and die, NOT me. Good day. My pleasure Mr. High and Mighty, can see why you call yourself Snake. Get out the charmer

  • The Bankers have an extra 3 trillion, and then a lot more, but I guess that is all for the New World Order. But I wouldn’t hand over the guns!

  • WVF

    Okay, if you insist.

  • Everytime I get “under the yoke” they yank the f*cking yoke right off and kick me across the yard!! How would you do then? “Realization that all these safety nets built by professional politicians are usually only vote generators”. Gracious! Isn’t that how a Democracy works? They do right for you, so that you will vote them in again, they do wrong, you throw their @sses out. My Heavens! “Vote generators”. As I said. And I am not trying to be rude, but today’s Republicans are fiercely full of excuses and excuses and hot air in order to deny those of what they need in order to save every penny in taxes, this is pure selfishness. Otherwise, you ( and millions of other conservative voters) have been VASTLY mislead by your conservative leaders, influencers, relatives or what ever. As again, as I stated right from the origin, these Republican voters who assault me (and millions of others) for being on welfare or Social Security Disability, DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON WORKING AT BLUE COLLAR JOBS! I said it and I said it before. They DON’T know what it is like today, I swear under oath by experience, last Century, jobs were a hundred times easier to keep.
    So Snake now said he has his own tiny unique farm for honey, organic veggies and hog farming, cool, never the less, he does not have to comply to today’s enigmatic demands of today’s employers. BUT I HAVE and he don’t know what it’s like, as I had said. And he HAS income from military, and I WORKED for what I get GET (or GOT now that Trump is in office) in Social Security income, but I guess Snake thinks he is better, or smarter, or more just than I am. This is absolutely LUDICROUS. I tried my own Piano tuning, Interior/exterior house painting, Landscaping, did alright for a while. Training for Machinist and Customer service Rep, the latter worked a wee little time before getting walking papers. And see, anyone who is a tad better off in our country, will just laugh at me and say “tough sh*t” “eat it” and so forth, I have seen it online and sympathize with those who been assaulted like and it turns out the assaulters are always conservative. I wouldn’t be wasting the space on this forum if I hadn’t seen assault coming from the right as I was concerned about the Global Warming myth. Anyhow for years I kept tabs with The Heritage Foundation till they fired Jim Demint. I had long stressed with them to the effect that the one thing they need to do to win elections is only to do a “one eighty” on Labor unions, worker rights, Entitlements, Retirements, Taxes, Consumer rights, and in the understanding of our constitution, in other words, just about everything to do with the distribution of wealth. And even though I voted for Donald Trump, I already dearly miss Barack Obama. Good day. (I will be gone in two to five years anyhow), I will be out of all of your way so you can save a penny in taxes, please tell Snake to look forward to saving a tad in taxes too. Alrighty.

  • Feet getting hot, try wearing some sandals. You too, hope you have a better day…………..

  • Chi Sam

    Purposelessness makes a man frustrated, and angry all the time. Typical, that you yammer about me being stuck om Momma’s teat, when I am a fully-functioning member of the society you do not contribute to.

    You’re a fraud…and that’s far worse than your being stupid.

  • Richard Manley

    Absofreakinloutly

  • Richard Manley

    Like Moonbeam Brown ?

  • Richard Manley

    Outstanding

  • Richard Manley

    Me thinks you’re a first rate liar !

  • Richard Manley

    You betcha and about time in my opinion

  • Richard Manley

    Bingo

  • WVF

    That’s the way I see it!

  • I got nothing to do with “MOONBEAM BROWN”, and don’t even know what that is. (Except for some kind of trick statement) like as you Repub’s have nothing better to say in regard to my other statements of which you KNOW, carry much credible weight.

  • 30,001 Swine to be exact. Wheeeeeeee! F U Repub’s you guys could even screw up a traffic accident………….

  • Green streak? Plippity ploppity plip-a-plop-a-plip plip plop……………Jealous of WHO….?..