So it looks like Trump’s at it again. No, we don’t mean his most recent Twitter weirdness (hmm, we smell a diversion tactic). And no, we’re not talking about the latest in the Russia investigation (although, James Comey just agreed to testify that Trump pressured him not to pursue it). What we’re talking about this time is the very real possibility that Trump is going to take the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.
At the G7 summit last week, which brought together seven of the planet’s wealthiest nations, Trump refused to endorse the accord in front of his fellow leaders. They were not impressed.
Getting that Merkel death glare.
He then Tweeted once on home soil that he needed a little more time to decide, which didn’t really fool anyone. He’s been denying climate change since the election (yeah, he hasn’t always been a denier, but that’s another story). Dropping out of the agreement was actually a promise he campaigned on. So people weren’t holding their breath.
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
Wait, what is the Paris Agreement?
Well, we’re glad you asked. The agreement is part of a United Nations environmental treaty that addresses counties’ mitigation, financing and adaptation with regards to greenhouse gases. Basically, this is the an agreement between almost 200 countries to lower greenhouse emissions and establish more environmentally friendly ways of living. It means individual countries need to introduce policy that restricts the carbon footprints of businesses and Trump is not at all for hindering business.
Also, Obama was key in brokering the accord. So that’s probably part of why Trump wants out.
So what does this mean?
Well, it’s not good, that’s for sure. As the second-largest producer of greenhouse gases, their involvement is kind of mandatory to see real global change. If Trump backs out of the deal, it’s unlikely we will see any legislation limiting businesses’ carbon footprints. That’s pretty terrible for all of us. The businesses may be American, but we all breathe the same air.
This also calls into question global alliances and creates tension between countries that previously relied on the U.S. to be a guiding force. Germany’s Angela Merkel said publically after the summit that Europe can no longer count on the U.S. This is not good for the whole world in general.
May 28 quotes:
■ Emmanuel Macron: “We must show Trump we won’t concede.”
■ Angela Merkel: “The days when we could rely on the USA are over.” https://t.co/NTWZnJqnNF
— Ryan Adams (@filmystic) May 28, 2017
It’s also a concern that the most powerful country in the world pulling out of the agreement will bolster other countries into doing the same. Well, the U.S. did it, so why can’t we? Because climate change, that’s why!
Finally, this is particularly concerning because it is an action on Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric. His promise to put the U.S. and Americans first plays well to an American crowd but falls a little flat on the world stage. Trump is putting American businesses first and the whole world may suffer for it.