Thursday, June 01, 2017

As predicted Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris accord. Today was the day that America stopped being a leader in fighting climate change.

Courtesy of NBC News:

The United States will pull out of a landmark global coalition meant to curb emissions that cause climate change, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. 

"The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," Trump said to applause from the crowd gathered in the White House Rose Garden. 

He added that the U.S. will begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a new treaty on terms that are better for American businesses and taxpayers.

"So we're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair," he said.

Yeah that suggestion that Trump is going to try to get us a better deal is all bullshit.

Trump has no intention of working that hard unless he gets something from it personally.

Dana Bash, reporter from CNN, suggested that the speech sounded like Mad-Libs for conservatives:

JAKE TAPPER (HOST): And Dana, I know a line that the president said that struck a lot of us was when he cast the Paris agreement as quote, "a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries." 

DANA BASH: Right, because the whole theme against President Obama during both of the elections against him was that he was a Democrat who wants to redistribute wealth. That is a buzz word, a signal to conservatives that we got your back and we're going to make sure that sort of the big bad Democrats who want to socialize and globalize and do everything that would hurt you and your jobs won't happen. 

And there were a series of those buzz words, it was almost like mad libs for conservatives, this speech, and it was a long one. The thing -- one of the things that struck me is after all of the reporting that we've done about the discussions, and the debates, and the pressure that he got from his daughter, from his -- Ivanka, from his son-in-law Jared, from his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson -- there wasn't an olive branch in here. 

It's like those people were walled-off in the writing of this speech, and it was clearly written by the Steve Bannon and Stephen Millers of the world.

And that's really it in a nutshell.

This speech is clear indication that Stephen Bannon is back in the driver's seat and that Trump is dancing to the tune that he is playing.

Reactions to this speech have been rather vocal to say the least.

Here is the obligatory response from Al Gore.
The Secretary-General of the UN was also quite unhappy: 

The decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.

California Rep. Speier claims that Trump has now made himself irrelevant. 

Former President Obama had this to say: 

"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created," Obama said. "I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack." 

He added: "But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got."

Even the Weather Channel could not contain their disappointment:

The headlines on the homepage include: 

So What Happens to Earth Now? 
Still Don't Care? Proof You Should 
...and More Proof... 
...and Even More Proof... 
...Or the Imminent Collapse of a Key Ice Shelf... 
...Or Antarctica Turning Green 
...Or California's Coast Disappearing Into the Sea

Here's how the Huffington Post responded.

And as promised Elon Musk has removed himself from Trump's economic council.

Of course Trump also had his supporters for this decision.

Of course most of them believe that there is no definitive proof the earth is round, think dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time, and believe Donald Trump is really worth 10 billion dollars.


  1. Anonymous4:45 PM

    America can still be a leader. It just has to do so despite the puppet in charge.

    1. Anonymous5:06 PM

      It will be the leader of Syria and Nicaragua, the only two countries who did not sign the agreement!

      Besides that, this idiotic thing just to spite President Obama will have repercussions for our near as well as long-term future. The rest of the world will NOT TRUST us anymore, because they will think/know that even IF we get a different president who will try to undo this damage, we, the citizens of the US cannot be trusted to elect future SANE presidents.
      It took President Obama quite a few years to undo the damage from gwb (sic), and he had to fight very, very hard.

    2. Anonymous5:20 PM

      Trump is so in competition with President Obama it isn't even funny! Sad thing is he'll never EVER measure up to the wonderfulness and goodness of President Obama!!!

    3. Anonymous6:36 PM

      No one told Donny Brook that his profits will take a HUGE hit because he did this?
      Business will not be kind to him or anything with TRUMP.

    4. Anonymous4:59 AM

      It's just one more middle finger in the face of the Liberal/Obama "agenda" -- saw a comment on-line somewhere that summed up the current administration under Trump: "A Trump supporter would eat shit, if it meant a Liberal had to smell his breath."

    5. Anonymous5:13 AM

      Nicaragua didn't sign agreement because 1) it didn't go far enough (i.e., 2 degrees, not 4) and 2) the large countries would not be held accountable, so even if Trump had signed, he would have done nothing to see it implemented.

  2. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Trump will be considered the WORST and CROOKED fake fraud illegal un-president in USA/WORLD History. He is the biggest LIAR, the most despised human and worthless man on earth. May a thousand camels fart in his face and toxic polluted air fill his lungs and dirty nasty water run through his veins.

  3. Anonymous4:57 PM

    Isn't this what the goal was? Make our cities and states pay for everything, while he and his minions pocket our tax dollars.

    1. Anonymous5:01 AM

      California has already started ---

  4. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Disney CEO becomes second exec to bail on Trump

    Disney CEO Bob Iger has also chosen to cut ties with the White House Advisory Council — making him the second chief executive to bail on President Trump after he decided to back out of the Paris climate agreement.

    “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal,” Iger tweeted Thursday night, just hours after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that he would be stepping down as a result of Trump’s announcement.

    Their resignations came after countless people blasted the president for pulling the US out of the global pact. Much of the criticism came from corporate America, and CEOs from several major companies....

    1. Anonymous5:18 PM

      Another star in my eyes! Good for you Disney CEO! America applauds you!

    2. Anonymous8:00 AM

      Why did these people ever join this councils in the first place? They must have known what an imbecile Trump is.

  5. Anonymous5:01 PM

    Well, the EU for one has already said there will be *no* renegotiating. After all, there were 194 other countries (including Russia!) that agreed to this. It took them TWENTYNYEARS to come to that agreement, and they will NOT cowtow to tRump!

    1. cckids9:20 PM

      Of course they won't and really, can't renegotiate this. It is a done deal - one more thing Trump doesn't comprehend about the job he has. I,personally, have had it with the media referring to these ACCORDS and TRADE AGREEMENTS and PACTS as DEALS. They aren’t fucking deals. They are formal, legal documents and agreements that have the full force of domestic or international law behind them. They aren’t some scheme dreamed up in 15 minutes by some D grade Hollywood celebrity on a reality show. Thousands of researchers, policy makers, lawyers, health care workers, social workers, climatologists, scientists, and experts in thousands of different sectors have worked out the details over years and decades. THEY ARE NOT FUCKING DEALS.

      The leaders of the other nations involved are telling DT to go pound sand.

  6. Anonymous5:01 PM

    I feel like we're a third world country.

    1. Anonymous6:58 PM

      You are getting there fast!
      Sit by and do nothing.
      Or stand up and Fight!
      Ask immigrants what it's like to live in a third world country? When they take away your electronics, toys, cars, houses, money?
      Then you Might know what it's like. May be. Fight!
      You don't want to live like that! Reason immigrant is in USA working. 3rd world.
      War. Famine. Death. Disease

    2. Anonymous5:04 AM

      Your president is now irrelevant. It's up to your cities and states and YOU to be the hero 1/2 of American thought Trump (!) was going to be.

    3. Anonymous9:14 AM

      Actually the number of dumb fucks who voted for the madman/monster constitutes roughly 1/5 on the population.

  7. Anonymous5:07 PM

    Canadians should vote on building a wall between Canada and the Former United States of America and make the Americans pay for it.

    We've noticed an influx of Americans coming to Canada for a better life.

  8. Anonymous5:14 PM

    As I read somewhere the other day, if the world was flat my cat would have pushed everything off it by now. :)

    Such FOOLS.

  9. Anonymous5:17 PM

    Getting the Hell out of this country might be more than an excellent idea - due to our newfound dictatorship of the fatso!

    May those that voted for the jerk end up in Hell when they succumb! Remember, he is not in the White House due to the majority vote from Americans!

  10. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Several thoughts.

    The progressive states along with forward-looking companies will ignore Trump and get on with addressing global warming and pursuing green energy, as will the rest of the federal government.

    For example, the Norfolk-Hampton Roads region of Virginia is home to the Navy. The area is subject to flooding because of sea level rise and land subsidence. The Navy is spending hundreds of millions on moving buildings, installing sea walls, and the like. They will not stop.

    WalMart has embarked on converting their stores to green energy. Given the savings, they will not stop.

    Solar and wind power created more jobs in the US last year than exist in coal mining. The trend will not turn around.

    The rest of the world will move right along, ignoring Trump. Meanwhile, China will continue to produce reliable solar and wind power devices and sell them to us, thereby worsening our balance of payments.

    Trump simply will be ignored by the people and the organizations that matter.

    The blue states will move right along into the future while the red states with their knuckle-dragging bubbas will continue to suck hind tit.

    1. Anonymous5:06 AM

      Get out of the red states, people. Vote with your feet.

    2. Anonymous7:58 AM

      The US military is very concerned about climate change and not just because of naval installations. Fifty to seventy years in the future if nothing is done, there will be major populations shifts globally as parts of the world become more and more inhabitable and inhospitable to agriculture. This is part of the reasoning of the US military in wanting the world to do whatever is possible to slow the process.

  11. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Neil deGrasse Tyson @neiltyson
    Apr 21

    Show me a Nation with a science-hostile government, and I'll show you a society with failing health, wealth, & security.

    1. Anonymous6:36 PM

      Show me a religious nut job faction thinking it's their God-given right to destroy the earth given them for $$ plus "Jesus comes back that much faster," and I'll show you freaks that never understood scripture.

  12. Anonymous6:02 PM

    From what I read, the largest group that was against the Paris Climate Agreement was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents major polluters.

    The Huffington Post has a great article that dissects Trumps reasons he included in today's announcement, showing almost all of his points are inaccurate and wrong. If you want to read it, here is the link:

  13. Anonymous6:21 PM

    Your headline could have stopped at : Today was the day America stopped beign a leader.

    (Though one could argue it happened when a geographically selected minority of Americans voted for the LOSER, Donald T.Rump.

  14. Anonymous6:50 PM

    "..high up above my eyes could clearly see
    The Statue of Liberty
    Sailing away to sea" Paul Simon ( An American Tune) 1973

  15. Anonymous7:15 PM

    Trump just walked away from the table. No longer will the USA be sitting at the top of that table, not for any matter at all. Not just abdicating the climate matter, but all matters. He has just withdrawn. After his disgusting and embarrassing behavior with our long term allies on that trip, he will have a hard time demanding anything of them in the future.

    Until he is gone, our country will be second or third tier in the hierarchy of important countries in the world. the only place we are still going to be near the top is based on the size of our economy. but, by dropping concern for the planet and the people who live on it, we have lost any right to bargain with the rest of the world on any matter -- well except for Syria and Nicaragua, that is. And, haven't we just been bombing Syria? Maybe it is just going to be Nicaragua who will agree to deal with us.

    1. cckids9:23 PM

      Nicaragua didn't sign the Paris Accords because they felt it didn't go far enough, wasn't tough enough. Their leaders now have a petition headed their way from a number of citizens, imploring them to sign it, so they don't have to be in company with Trump's United States.

      And Syria wasn't allowed to sign, because of the civil unrest & Assad's murderous acts against his own citizens; he wasn't seen as the legitimate leader of the country.

      So, really, we pretty much stand alone here. Mortified in the eyes of the world.

  16. Anonymous7:35 PM

    I think this was all planned a long time ago. Putin is the leader behind all of this. Now, let the last pillage of our world by the white man begin.

    1. Anonymous3:34 AM

      I'll Go one better. Not White Man, But Corrupt Zionist leaders of the world. Not exactly white people.

    2. Anonymous7:54 AM

      Anon at 3:34 am. I hope that comment was meant as snarky.

    3. Anonymous10:05 AM

      100 year's ago to be exact.
      It won't pan out as planned. ;)

  17. Anonymous7:42 PM

    I am effing speechless! Wtf.
    The orangutans are out of control.
    The planet of the stupid , lame, and lazy. I will look for all of them in the obituaries with great enthusiasm!!!!!

  18. Dinty8:17 PM

    OT: California State Senate Paasrs Single Payer

    As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation.

    Do you ever make a right turn on red? Smoke marijuana for medical purposes?

    Thank California.

  19. Anonymous8:31 PM

    "scared and he’s angry and he needs friends"this is about wanting to lash out at enemies, strike a blow in a context in which people can’t easily fight back and try to assert control over a situation that increasingly feels (and is) out of control."
    Paris>"entire outcome was driven by the President’s current, besieged, emotional state."

  20. Anonymous9:09 PM

    A lot of people claim trump is the devil in disguise.

    ● They say it is devilish smile

    ● They say it is his devilish looks

    ● What trump did regarding the Paris Climate Accord just proved that theory is correct, that he is the devil

    Did Donald Trump Just Make the Planet Hotter?

    The Atlantic - 8 hours ago

    ● Who loves the scorching heat more than trump?

    1. Anonymous10:09 PM

      Don't you have a Dildo to play with sweetie?

    2. Anonymous1:58 AM

      @10:09 PM Is that your only mate?

    3. Anonymous7:22 AM

      For Sarah @ 158 yes

  21. Anonymous9:23 PM

    When Donald Trump announced his intention today to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, which he intended as a defiant slap in the face of pretty much everyone on earth, he left out a few key words: “…if I get reelected.” Because as it turns out, he can’t get the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement until 2021, and by that time someone else may be President instead.

    That’s the buried lede in an otherwise run of the mill report tonight from the New York Times (link), which waits all the way until the fourteenth paragraph to reveal the day’s biggest news: “But [Trump] will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and most of the world has already ratified. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election.”

    And so while Donald Trump signaled today that he really wants to kill the planet by pulling out of the Paris Accord, it turns out his defiant gesture today was mostly bravado and wishful thinking. For the next four years, the United States will technically remain part of the Accord. The only way Trump could possibly remove the U.S. from the Accord is if he gets reelected and then does it early in his second term.

  22. Anonymous9:27 PM

    Donald Trump was “bewildered” after French President Emmanuel Macron put him in his place

    ...The report goes on to suggest that Trump made his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord at least partially based on the handshake in question. So not only has Trump reached a point of psychosis where he’s making a decision that harms all Americans based on a mere handshake he didn’t like, he’s also too mentally vacant to grasp that the Paris Climate Accord didn’t really have anything to do with France. There is a psychologically incompetent and outright psychotic individual occupying the White House, and even his own staff is now publicly acknowledging it. The Republicans in Congress are derelict in their duties by refusing to impeach and remove him.

    1. Anonymous7:52 AM

      Well, it has the name "Paris" in it. That's probably enough for Trump. He has no regard whatsoever for the truth or reality.

  23. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Fact-checking President Trump’s claims on the Paris climate change deal

  24. Anonymous9:43 PM

    How the Trump administration’s secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short

    In the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events.

    Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow.

    These efforts to relax or remove punitive measures imposed by President Obama in retaliation for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and meddling in the 2016 election alarmed some State Department officials, who immediately began lobbying congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to block the move, the sources said.

    “There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” said Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief U.S. coordinator for sanctions policy until he retired in late February. He said in the first few weeks of the administration, he received several “panicky” calls from U.S. government officials who told him they had been directed to develop a sanctions-lifting package and imploring him, “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”

    Fried said he grew so concerned that he contacted Capitol Hill allies — including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking minority member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — to urge them to move quickly to pass legislation that would “codify” the sanctions in place, making it difficult for President Trump to remove them.

  25. Anonymous9:49 PM


    Trump Sought Reassurance From Fox News Before He Dumped Climate Pact

    White House press secretary hopeful Kimberly Guilfoyle told Trump he was “brave and courageous.”

    The president sought a bit of hand-holding from a media organization not known for its science — nor for its concern about global warming.

    Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox’s nightly news program “The Five,” revealed on air Thursday that the president called her at 8 a.m. to discuss “climate change” — and taxes.

    1. Anonymous4:10 AM

      Well, unfortunately that is not a surprise. FOX is the only "mainstream" network he considers NOT to be fake news. His needy little boy self apparently needed to know that they would not dump all over him. And, of course they wouldn't. The FACT that they are anything but Fair and Balanced is of no matter to this ignorant man.

    2. Anonymous7:51 AM

      Of course he went to his favorite "fake news" site; I'm sure he also sought out Breitbart and Alex Jones. And probably Beelzebub too.

  26. Anonymous9:49 PM

    9 Times Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

    The president never even mentioned, you know, global warming.

  27. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Democrat Needs GOP Sign-Off To Get Question Answered, Federal Agency Says

  28. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Governors of New York, California, and Washington announce the formation of the "United States Climate Alliance".

    1. Anonymous4:04 AM

      Yeah!!!!!!! So happy to be almost-life-long resident of the great State of New York. (except for 20 years in Indiana, which I escaped as soon as I finished college).

  29. Anonymous10:05 PM

    Grphen, please post the wonderful English-language response by Emmanuel Macron -- he wants the planet to be great again, and invites, welcomes, Americans to come to France to work on global-warming inventions and initiatives.
    He's something else. Donald Trump must hate every bone in M. Macron's young, smart, tough, sexy body.

  30. Anonymous10:09 PM

    68 mayors adopt Paris climate accord after U.S. pulls out

    “The world cannot wait—and neither will we”

    Trump just betrayed the world. Now the world will fight back.

    ...President Trump has made a colossal mistake in deciding to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. There is simply no case for withdrawal, other than a desire to double down on an ill-informed campaign promise, while the case for staying in is overwhelming. But damaging as it is, this decision is not the beginning of the end for efforts to contain climate change. The world decided in Paris to confront the climate threat, and it is not turning back.

    Around the world, climate change is a metastasizing danger, for some countries even an existential threat. It was understood in the years leading up to the Paris negotiation that the climate challenge could be met only with a new kind of agreement premised on concerted effort by all. That agreement — ambitious, universal, transparent, balanced — was reached in Paris, with the help of U.S. leadership every step of the way.

  31. Anonymous10:27 PM

    Dozens Of U.S. Mayors Defy Trump And Promise To Commit To The Paris Climate Agreement

    Leaders from across the country are proving that one man without any grasp of reality – even if he's the president – will not hijack the global effort to tackle this growing threat.

  32. Anonymous10:29 PM

    ...Macron said, “Tonight, I wish to tell the United States, France believes in you. The world believes in you. I know you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history.”

    Macron called on all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the President Of The United States to come to France and work with the French government on combatting climate change.

    President Macron closed with the ultimate trolling of Trump, “I call on you to remain confident we will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility. Make our planet great again.”

    In case anyone needed proof that Trump has caused the US to longer be the leader of the free world, President Macron delivered it.

    1. Anonymous7:49 AM

      I hope the French appreciate Macron. Many of us in the US certainly do.


    "Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday night that coal “doesn’t make sense anymore,” as he talked up other energy sources.

    “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” he said, CNN Money reported. Feedstock refers to what’s used to produce energy. Cohn called natural gas a “such a cleaner fuel,” and pointed out that America has become an “abundant producer” of the fossil fuel.

    He also praised renewable energy. “If you think about how solar and how much wind power we’ve created in the United States, we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly,” Cohn said."

    Tillerson didn't want to leave the Paris accord either.

    1. Anonymous7:48 AM

      But Tillerson was sure present when the Exon deal was made with the Saudis during Trump's visit there. Tillerson is trying to cozy up to the other side now. Don't trust him for a minute. If fossil fuels can profit, he'll be right there.

    2. Anonymous8:01 AM

      dick FUCKing cheney's OIL!

  34. Anonymous6:30 AM

    From his statements, I seriously doubt little donnie has read the Paris Agreement, He said he is going to negotiate for a better deal, his usual clueless statement, that he throws out there every time he hears the word treaty or agreement. There are no negotiations with this agreement, it is voluntary.

    I would also bet not only did he want to get out of it because of Obama, but he saw the word “Paris” and decided to get back at the president of France !!!

    So “protecting” the American people, ie a few thousand coal miners, who are too lazy to learn some new job skills, little donnie is willing to kill a few million because he hates Mother Nature.

    I am happy to see that a few governors and mayors have given little donnie the big F.U. and are going to continue to restrict carbon emissions.

    1. Anonymous7:46 AM

      And I don't think that anyone has ever attempted to explain it to him. Since he's all knowing, he would have brushed the explanation off. What an evil, traitorous weasel we now have in the White House, surrounding by petulant little weasels.

  35. Anonymous6:50 AM

    " Guilfoyle also revealed that she had reassured Trump about his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement - several hours in advance of his official announcement."

  36. Anonymous7:45 AM

    Trump is perfectly willing to punish the majority of voting Americans. Remember more of us voted against him than voted for him. Trump's action yesterday, masking as it does his infamous "gifting" of spy sites back to Putin, is simply diabolical. Hopefully, most states and municipalities will decide to participate even more fully in the agreement. WE MUST VOTE THE TRAITOROUS GOP OUT OF EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT in order to save out children's lives.


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