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Trump Says No to
the Paris Climate Accord

Donald Trump's refusal to bow to climate alarmism has caused a wave of hysteria among leftists. Compared to it, the investigation of Trump's supposed "Russian ties" pales in comparison. The climate agenda is much larger than many wish to admit; it redistributes hundreds of billions of dollars every year and now demands trillions.

In the '90s, the science wasn't settled with respect to the numerical values of the effect of human-emitted gases and particulates. But there has never been evidence justifying alarm of any kind. Today, the science is settled — settled against climate alarmism. Throughout history, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have been much higher than they are today or are expected to be anytime in the foreseeable future, and life has thrived. Carbon dioxide is the product of human breath and is essential for plant survival. The global temperature trends over the last hundred years do not track with carbon dioxide trends. The alarmist denial of this basic fact turns their climate agenda in effect, into a weapon of mass social destruction.

Carbon dioxide is the product of human breath and is essential for plant survival.

We finally have a president who is strong enough and willing enough to strike a blow against climate alarmism in America. The only questions are when and how. The answers: immediately, unequivocally, and entirely.

There can be no meeting these people halfway. Attempts to appease climate alarmists with such reasonable statements as "We agree with your concerns, but let us decide on the pace of the actions," have failed. This rejection of climate alarmism must therefore involve, among other things, declaring independence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N. entity with an explicit mission to pervert science, and a reappraisal of activities that promote its authority in the United States.

The climate agenda must be rejected also for its scientific falshood. All the economic and political reasons to defy it remain in effect, but mere invocation of them is little more than an irresistible temptation for politicians in Europe to virtue-signal and ritually scapegoat the U.S.

Western European countries bound themselves to an absurd treaty (Kyoto), comparable only to a mutual suicide pact.

It's worth remembering what happened with the U.S. and the Kyoto protocol. Delegations from some Western countries negotiated the 1997 Kyoto pact under the assumption that they wouldn't have to actually sign it. The Senate voted down Kyoto 95-0 long before it was finalized. Some Western governments undoubtedly thought that much of what they were writing, would be rejected. Then they'd come home and tell the enviros, Sorry, we did everything you wanted, but the Americans derailed negotiations. Then to everyone's surprise, the American delegation, led by Al Gore, agreed to the final text. Bill Clinton round-filed his copy – something that the parliament-appointed governments of European and Great Britain couldn't afford to do politically. They had to submit the pact to their parliaments, which duly ratified it. In this way, Western European countries bound themselves to an absurd treaty, comparable only to a mutual suicide pact. The accountable political parties and politicians were compelled to justify themselves to the public, and so they did: "It's settled science!" they said. Like a fly trapped in a spider's web, they entangled themselves more thoroughly with each move.

Indecision and compromise confuse friend and foe alike. President Trump cannot win public support without standing firm, one way or another. Hopefully, his opposition will prompt enough smart people to take a closer look at the "science", the so-called scientists, and the process they have developed in service to their zealotry. Hopefully, witnesses will step forward. Real scientists will testify how they or their colleagues were defunded, dismissed, or otherwise mistreated for refusing to support climate alarmism. EPA employees will tell how their bosses abandoned their duty and became obedient toadies to Big Green. Maybe even journalists will have the fortitude to bear witness to how the green activists pressured them for one-sided coverage. When the wall of silence is broken, and the victims and witnesses can act without fear of retaliation, many others will also step forward.

Very powerful political forces have tied their fortunes to climate alarmism.

Whistleblowers will then emerge from the ranks of Big Green and other alarmists. Many non-profits, from the Union of Concerned Scientists to the MacArthur Foundation, have been padding their already considerable incomes and multi-billion-dollar endowments with taxpayer money. Some of them have also falsely claimed charitable status and evaded taxes – while at the same time advocating tax increases for working men. Certain leftist hedge fund managers have participated in bankrupting coal companies, only to buy their shares at rock-bottom prices. Investigations and lawsuits will bring many more such cases to light. A plenitude of laws allow private action for recovery; their reach and bite were greatly expanded under President Obama.

One of the fringe benefits of climatism renouncement will be the discovery by many decent but deceived people of the left's true nature and agendas. This will ripple outward into other areas, such as academic decline.

Climate alarmism will not, however, go quietly. Something that receives hundreds of billions of dollars annually cannot do that. Powerful and often malignant political forces have tied their fortunes to climate alarmism. In the U.S., they include Big Green, the educational complex, and the Democrat Party. Abroad, most of the European political establishment is likewise on the hook. Together, they hold enormous power and they'll be all too willing to use it. It will be a mighty and often frightful spectacle.

President Trump's renouncement of the Paris Accord is a small — but indispensable — step in the right direction.