Donald Trump just cemented his legacy as America’s worst-ever president


mentalfloss
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Donald Trump just cemented his legacy as America’s worst-ever president

In an inexplicable abdication of any semblance of responsibility or leadership, Donald Trump has announced that he will begin the process to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate treaty, joining Nicaragua and Syria as the only world countries rejecting the agreement. It now seems inevitable that the history books will view Trump as America’s worst-ever president.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty is a mostly symbolic act. America’s pledges to cut its carbon pollution were non-binding, and his administration’s policies to date had already made it impossible for America to meet its initial Paris climate commitment for 2025. The next American president in 2020 can re-enter the Paris treaty and push for policies to make up some of the ground we lost during Trump’s reign.

However, withdrawing from the Paris treaty is an important symbolic move – a middle finger to the rest of the world, and to future generations. America is by far the largest historical contributor to climate change. Ironically, on the heels of Trump’s claim that most NATO members aren’t paying their fair share to the organization, America has announced that we won’t do our fair share to curb the climate change threats that we are the most responsible for.

The Rotting Republican Party

And the GOP has become the Party of Trump. His decision was reinforced by a letter from 22 Republican senators urging withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. Those senators have coincidentally received over $10m in donations from the fossil fuel industry over the past five years.

Their reasoning was dubious at best, arguing that environmental attorneys will cite the international agreement in their efforts to prevent the Trump administration from eliminating President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. By law, the US government is required to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act, because it poses a threat to public welfare. The Republican Senators wrote:

Environmentalists will argue that these [Clean Air Act] Section 115 requirements are, in fact, met more easily by the Paris Agreement because it includes enhanced transparency requirements in Article 13, which establishes a process for nations to submit plans to reduce emissions to one another and then to comment on the plans of one another.

As National Resource Defense Council climate and clean air program senior attorney David Doniger explained to me, this argument is nonsense:

They are making things up. EPA did not rely on Paris to justify the Clean Power Plan, and none of the parties defending the Plan has cited Paris as a legal basis. On Clean Air Act Section 115, no one I know has made, or even thought of, this argument.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...ever-president
 
Murphy
Conservative
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This thread is silly.
 
mentalfloss
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Yup.
 
EagleSmack
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mentalfloss
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Oh shi

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.6405e67999fd
 
EagleSmack
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Gnash them teeth Flossy!

MORE!
 
DaSleeper
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Most of us are for clean air, rivers and lakes...
But...
Enough with that global warming bullshit, that intelligent people know is just an excuse to get morons to applaud and accept new taxes...
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Gnash them teeth Flossy!

MORE!

China, EU vow to continue with Paris climate accord | CTV News
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Oh shi

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.6405e67999fd

GREAT article Floosy! Truly it is. This encompasses the rage the alt-left is feeling.

Bravo you old coot!
 
mentalfloss
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Venture investors blast US decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord
https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/01/ve...limate-accord/
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

China, EU vow to continue with Paris climate accord | CTV News

Of course China vows to do nothing until 2030.

Sweet... sweet.... get ready to feel that pain Canada and the EU.

WE'RE OUT!
 
mentalfloss
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As Trump Exits Paris Agreement, Other Nations Are Defiant
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/0....html?referer=
 
Musky
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Of course China vows to do nothing until 2030.

Sweet... sweet.... get ready to feel that pain Canada and the EU.

WE'RE OUT!

Are you?

I don't think so.

Listen to your dear leaders words.
 
EagleSmack
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Hey Avro... enjoy!
 
Musky
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Oh no!

He called me Avro.
 
mentalfloss
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Trump offered to ‘negotiate’ Paris climate accord; Other countries said no - National | Globalnews.ca
 
EagleSmack
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Would you rather Musky?

Anyhow... WE'RE OUT!
 
mentalfloss
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Elon Musk leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/techcrun...ithdrawal/amp/
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Trump offered to ‘negotiate’ Paris climate accord; Other countries said no - National | Globalnews.ca

There you have it...

WE'RE OUT!

Redistribute your wealth as you all see fit.
 
Musky
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Good for you guys....or maybe...or who knows.

I'd rather Avro....Boomer thinks I'm you...I love this joint.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Elon Musk leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/techcrun...ithdrawal/amp/

Adios Elon!

Maybe Trump will stop all of those subsidies too!
 
Angstrom
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Donald Trump just cemented his legacy as America’s worst-ever president

In an inexplicable abdication of any semblance of responsibility or leadership, Donald Trump has announced that he will begin the process to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate treaty, joining Nicaragua and Syria as the only world countries rejecting the agreement. It now seems inevitable that the history books will view Trump as America’s worst-ever president.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty is a mostly symbolic act. America’s pledges to cut its carbon pollution were non-binding, and his administration’s policies to date had already made it impossible for America to meet its initial Paris climate commitment for 2025. The next American president in 2020 can re-enter the Paris treaty and push for policies to make up some of the ground we lost during Trump’s reign.

However, withdrawing from the Paris treaty is an important symbolic move – a middle finger to the rest of the world, and to future generations. America is by far the largest historical contributor to climate change. Ironically, on the heels of Trump’s claim that most NATO members aren’t paying their fair share to the organization, America has announced that we won’t do our fair share to curb the climate change threats that we are the most responsible for.

The Rotting Republican Party

And the GOP has become the Party of Trump. His decision was reinforced by a letter from 22 Republican senators urging withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. Those senators have coincidentally received over $10m in donations from the fossil fuel industry over the past five years.

Their reasoning was dubious at best, arguing that environmental attorneys will cite the international agreement in their efforts to prevent the Trump administration from eliminating President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. By law, the US government is required to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act, because it poses a threat to public welfare. The Republican Senators wrote:

Environmentalists will argue that these [Clean Air Act] Section 115 requirements are, in fact, met more easily by the Paris Agreement because it includes enhanced transparency requirements in Article 13, which establishes a process for nations to submit plans to reduce emissions to one another and then to comment on the plans of one another.

As National Resource Defense Council climate and clean air program senior attorney David Doniger explained to me, this argument is nonsense:

They are making things up. EPA did not rely on Paris to justify the Clean Power Plan, and none of the parties defending the Plan has cited Paris as a legal basis. On Clean Air Act Section 115, no one I know has made, or even thought of, this argument.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...ever-president

Why didn't Donald, not stay in the paris accord and simply not try to achieve its goals like every other leader plans to do?
 
Musky
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Adios Elon!

Maybe Trump will stop all of those subsidies too!

Yup, Elon.....who cares about about jobs of the future.

Get your horses ready....buggies are coming back.

Quote: Originally Posted by Angstrom View Post

Why didn't Donald, not stay in the paris accord and simply not try to achieve its goals like every other leader plans to do?

He didn't.

USA USA USA!
 
mentalfloss
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The Latest: UN chief say US must remain leader on climate - SFGate.com
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by Musky View Post

Yup, Elon.....who cares about about jobs of the future.

Get your horses ready....buggies are coming back.

Why would we get our horse ready? Horse and buggies do not run on fossil fuels. However you might need them up there. Good luck trying to heat your homes with algae and solar!
 
mentalfloss
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US to lose millions of jobs because of this move.

Financial Times: US Economy In Danger After Paris Climate Withdrawal
 
EagleSmack
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Rage more!

You're STEAMING!

Burn up the net Flossy.
 
mentalfloss
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Trump’s Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/0...ws.google.com/

Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

We're Out!

 
Angstrom
No Party Affiliation
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I mean, common!!!! No one actually plans on honestly making any of those objectives!!!! Why did Trump decide to be honest about it and back out of the deal?
 
mentalfloss
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I can't stop laughing.

This is the dumbest thing any leader has done in global history.

Americas - US cities, states to honour Paris climate accord despite Trump's withdrawal - France 24

Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

It was designed to fail for all industrialised countries, it was designed to redistribute our tax dollars to the third world

No evidence provided.