Just a few hours ago, Donald Trump tweeted yet again about the Paris Climate Accord:
I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
It doesn’t look like we’ll need to wait to see what that announcement will be, however. Numerous reports Wednesday morning have detailed the “president’s” intention to withdraw the United States from the nearly-universal agreement.
This will mark the biggest step so far in Trump’s ongoing initiative to erase Barack Obama’s legacy. His efforts to derail Obamacare have so far fallen flat. He is still attempting to dismantle relations built with the Muslim world under Obama, though his plan to ban the religion’s adherents from the country have been unsuccessful.
There really isn’t an explanation for pulling out of the Paris deal other than sheer hatred of the success of his predecessor, unless you count… Oh, wait. It’s money.
In a public letter to Trump, Senator James Inhofe, one of the world’s leading climate change deniers, urged the president to dump the accord, citing “burdensome regulations.”
“Regulations,” of course, is code for “rules that might cost big businesses money.”
Republican signatories to the letter also noted that the Paris accord could potentially be used as legal defense against Trump’s decision to overturn Obama’s Clean Power Plan. That plan, specific to the United States, would, of course, have created more of those “burdensome regulations” that the GOP is so concerned about. Inhofe himself has carefully crafted a position over the years that appears to be rooted in his Christian faith:
[T]he Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.
If he couches his climate denial in Christianity, he feels he can’t be accused of denying it because of Republican greed. Of course, we all know he’s just stupid:
Official word on Trump’s decision will come and go, and America will be humiliated again on the world stage for having a leader so easily swayed by greed and incompetence. Hopefully, our next leader will have what’s needed to clean up Trump’s mess and then get back to cleaning up the earth.
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