June 02, 2017
Donald Trump is more committed than anyone to cleaning up the environment -- at least the one Barack Obama left behind. Mopping up an eight-year mess is no easy task, but the new president kept at it yesterday, pulling America out of a dollar-sucking, job-crushing climate treaty that wouldn't have made a degree's worth of difference in the earth's temperature!
What it would have done is put 2.7 million people out of work by 2025, costing the U.S. some $3 trillion in "lost economic output." And for what? A manufactured "crisis" that crumbles under the weight of real-world evidence. Even the co-founder of Greenpeace admits there's "no scientific proof" that humans are causing global warming. Dr. Sterling Burnett is just one of the scientists who obliterates the liberals' claims. (Dr. Cal Beisner is another, who tackled the topic on Thursday's "Washington Watch.") "There is no question humans have changed the climate on a regional scale -- and not always for the better... However, the evidence suggests human greenhouse-gas emissions are having a limited impact on global climate, with virtually all the alarmists' model predictions routinely failing to match reality." (More proof here.) If you thought the holes in the ozone layer were big, you should see the ones in the Left's credibility!)
With liberal theories on thinner ice than most polar bears, President Trump did the responsible thing: he pulled America out of the Paris Climate Change Treaty. "This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States," he explained from the White House Rose Garden. He also announced the end to the carbon reduction targets set under Obama, "which aimed to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent in a decade," while also putting a stop to America's exorbitant contributions to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, which he says is "costing the United States a fortune." "As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States," he told reporters. "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."
He went on to prove it, explaining how India and China were allowed to build more coal plants under the deal, while America would be forced to shut down its clean coal industry. "The agreement doesn't eliminate coal jobs," Trump pointed out. "It just transfers those jobs out of the United States, and ships them to foreign countries." Walking out of the 195-nation pact was a bold move, adding to the president's already impressive collection of fulfilled promises. Obviously, five months in Washington hasn't done anything to change Donald Trump's resolve. "I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh," Trump declared, "not Paris." And like us, he knows exactly where the global warming debate ranks in the list of American priorities: the bottom.
This White House is determined to change the direction of the country, and it doesn't matter how strong the opposition or how critical the media. This president has the backbone to get things done. And that's exactly what liberals are afraid of. They've ramped up their attacks, disrupted townhalls, even camped out at government employees' houses to intimidate them. (Listen to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's unreal story here.) The extreme Left will stop at nothing to keep this president -- elected by the people -- from undoing the policies of the Obama administration. They don't want change, even though voters demanded it.
As conservatives, we need to show the same resolve. If we want the president to be successful, we have to match the Left's determination with our own. Donald Trump is showing everyone that he has the backbone to put America first. Let's join him in tackling problems we can actually solve -- like family breakdown, health care, and religious hostility -- instead of being distracted by issues that there's not a chance on earth we can solve.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.