Eric Lendrum, Politics Contributor
Opinion -- President Trump has just withdrawn the United States from yet another disastrous international deal, the so-called “Paris Accords,” or “Paris Agreement.” Originally approved in 2016, the agreement features almost 200 countries, and centers around a variety of agreed limits on energy production and carbon emissions in order to combat the left’s favorite boogeyman: “Global warming.” President Trump has pulled the country back out of the plan less than a year after former President Obama first brought us into it, in another move that rocks the international community and sends a clear message to world leaders: The message that America is looking out for itself first once again.
It is all too easy to demolish the entirety of the Paris Agreement based on the fact that the numbers just don’t add up, as perfectly explained in this video by Prager University.
The plan was already on very shaky ground since it involves a lot of assumptions, particularly in regards to presumed future climate policies to be enacted by various governments in later years, as well as remaining optimistic that every single one of the nearly 200 countries does actually contribute their fair share. As evident by such organizations as NATO featuring a clear deficit equally proportionate spending by its member-states, such an optimistic view that every nation will contribute as expected is extremely unlikely.
American efforts alone as a result of this plan would ultimately reduce global temperatures by just 0.023 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100. This would be the equivalent of hindering the overall trend of “global warming” by just eight months for the entirety of the next century. The combined effort of every member state would reduce temperatures by 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the equivalent of four years.
The biggest problem with the Paris Agreement - and undoubtedly why President Trump has made it a target - is the projected costs to the United States, which would be roughly one to two trillion dollars per year, over the next century. Pulling out of the agreement and saving nearly $100 trillion would definitely be a shining example of putting America first, as well as maintaining fiscal responsibility, as the President has promised to do.
The inefficiency of this grand global plan is proven even further when it stands in pale contrast to the efforts of private companies that are determined to tackle environmental issues themselves, such as Bill Gates’ “Breakthrough Coalition.” This coalition has pledged to invest $7 billion in various alternative and greener sources of energy, and has already made great strides in doing so, proving to be much more successful and efficient than any government policy. As Bjørn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, says when he closes out the PragerU video: “It turns out that those politicians who gathered in Paris, France, could learn a lot from Paris, Texas.”
Of course, there’s also the obvious facts that American companies have been improving already-existing processes such as fracking, working day-by-day to make these processes - already very safe, clean, and efficient in their own right - even safer, even cleaner, and even more efficient than before. This has been boosted by President Trump’s war on burdensome EPA regulations, which has freed up American companies to pursue better means of cheaper energy and increased the likelihood of American energy independence. Experts point to such trends as a significant decrease in foreign oil imports due to increased domestic drilling, and have even declared that such energy independence is so “tantalizingly close” that it could be achieved by the year of President Trump’s reelection.
However, the single most significant implication of the President’s decision to withdraw from this agreement is the message that has been sent to the ever-creeping forces of globalism in our world today. As has been repeatedly pledged by President Trump, Nigel Farage, and other National Populist figures around the world, it is imperative that we push back against globalist international organizations and deals that seek to reduce national sovereignty, and allow the elite few to dictate what other nations can and can’t do. The job of the American president is to put American interests first, and if this deal was going to ask us to waste hundreds of trillions of dollars on an ineffective and overblown plan, then this was clearly one of the easiest decisions of Trump’s presidency.
And this is significant for putting more momentum back into the anti-globalist trend, or as Geert Wilders likes to call it, the “Patriot Spring.” As we know, this trend started with the historic Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016, and continued with Trump’s victory on November 8, 2016. Trump solidified his commitment to pushing back against such organizations and agreements by withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on January 23, 2017. Thus, the end of American involvement in the Paris Agreement is the latest domino to fall. Another brick in the wall has been removed.
If the message wasn’t clear enough, this makes it obvious, once and for all, to the leaders that President Trump has challenged already, from the UN to NATO: The President means it when he says “America First.” As he said so perfectly in his remarks in the Rose Garden: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
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