Thursday, June 01, 2017

Donald Trump to remove America from Paris Climate Change pact.

Courtesy of Reuters:  

President Donald Trump plans to make good on his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision said on Wednesday, a move that promises to deepen a rift with U.S. allies. 

White House officials cautioned that details were still being hammered out and that, although close, the decision on withdrawing from the 195-nation accord - agreed to in Paris in 2015 - was not finalized. 

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, did not confirm the decision in a post on Twitter, saying only, "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days." 

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump was working out the terms of the planned withdrawal with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, an oil industry ally and climate change doubter.

This pact had virtually every nation on earth making a commitment to work together to deal with climate change, with only Syria and Nicaragua refusing to sign on.

And now America will join them in their shortsightedness.

This has caused Elon Musk, once deciding it was better to work with Trump than to leave him without intelligent input, to second guess that decision.

Courtesy of Business Insider: 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would leave President Donald Trump's advisory councils if the US withdrew from the Paris Agreement.

"Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain," Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday. 

Musk then said he would have "no choice" but to depart Trump's advisory councils if the US pulled out of the climate deal.

While I applaud Musk's integrity, I also worry that if all of the intelligent, ethical people abandon Trump, who is left to advise him?

Yeah, that's what has me worried.


  1. Anonymous6:23 AM

    “We were used, abused and exploited, and what’s worse is that my son was used abused and exploited and is still being used, abused and exploited,”“The family members of six victims and three allies who’ve turned away from the group describe Espinoza as an over-promiser who used them to get close to Trump, and to boost her own profile and influence,”

    1. Anonymous6:47 AM


  2. Anonymous6:32 AM


    The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons. To the contrary, here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flagwhen in distress: THE FLAG CODE.

    1. Anonymous11:27 AM

      I agree.

  3. Anonymous6:33 AM

    Washington Post:
    National Security

    Trump administration moves to return Russian compounds in Maryland and New York

    May 31 at 7:16 PM

    The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, that its officials were ejected from in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.”...

    1. Anonymous7:59 AM

      Money. Money. Money.


  4. Anonymous6:34 AM

    A. L. Stringer

    7:20 AM PDT

    We need to see that S.O.B.-in-chief's tax returns. Have them gone over by a team of nonpartisan tax lawyers. I'm convinced that there are indictable offenses in those returns. I think Trump is going to regret ever running to be president, if he doesn't already

    1. Anonymous11:26 AM

      My fear is that his tax people have messed with the truth so much that very little will appear on any of his tax returns.

  5. Anonymous6:35 AM

    He's unstable and needs to be removed now!

  6. Anonymous6:36 AM

    OT?"Republicans in Congress won’t make Trump publicly release his tax returns, so the states are taking matters into their own hands."

    1. Anonymous8:47 AM

      This is great for the future, but we need something for right now.

    2. Anonymous10:48 AM


  7. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Saudi Arabia ramps up Washington lobbying with former Trump advisers

    By Thomas Frank, CNN Investigates

    Updated 8:35 AM ET, Thu June 1, 2017

    (CNN) In the weeks before President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip, the Saudi government hired three US lobbying firms to do its bidding in Washington, including an obscure group made up of former Trump advisers that will receive $5.4 million for one year's work, federal records show.

    The Saudis have now added six U.S. lobbying firms since Trump's election in a bid to improve frayed relations with the United States -- and to capitalize on a president who skewered them as a candidate but is now seen as an ally.

    The Saudi Interior Ministry hired Sonoran Policy Group of Arizona in May -- the day after Trump announced he would visit Saudi Arabia -- as a "government affairs and commercial sector adviser" for $5.4 million, according to records the firm filed with the Justice Department. That's a startling sum even in the lucrative business of lobbying for foreign governments

    1. Anonymous6:56 AM

      OIL! ‘Trump is keeping his promise to Moscow’ by returning ‘spy centers’ Obama shut down"


  8. "I also worry that if all of the intelligent, ethical people abandon Trump, who is left to advise him?"
    Worry no more. He doesn't listen to intelligent, ethical people anyway.

    1. Anonymous11:25 AM

      How many "intelligent, ethical people" are advising Trump now? If they're Republicans, they abandoned intelligence and ethics long ago.

  9. Anonymous6:48 AM

    How Jared Kushner built a luxury skyscraper using loans meant for job-starved areas

    1. Anonymous7:17 PM

      Fraud anyone? Sarah might want to pay attention.

  10. Anonymous6:54 AM

    "While I applaud Musk's integrity"

    You fool, you applaud a carnival barker, a salesman.

  11. Anonymous6:58 AM

    When will the GOP impeach Trump?

    Everyday Trump gets his way, it becomes easier for him to get away with more stuff

  12. Anonymous7:12 AM


  13. Anonymous7:27 AM

    " Though a victory by Donald Trump in 2016 might have seemed unlikely, Putin presumably thought it would be worth his while to take Hillary Clinton down a peg or two regardless of the outcome of the election. When Trump actually won, well, the dog finally caught the car."
    "Obama soon realized that Romney had a point. Shortly after Putin returned to the presidency, he embarked on a series of astonishingly aggressive moves, including but not limited to the invasion and annexation of CRIMEa; using “little green men” special operations forces to bolster ragtag pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine; "
    "Since 2014, Russian military activity in the Black Sea region has increased significantly. Russia's wide-ranging military build-up in Crimea poses a challenge to regional stability and international security," Lungescu said. She also noted that the Russian authorities had not informed NATO of the exercises."

    "Strikingly, a new Pew survey finds that support for NATO has surged among Democrats, rising from 58 percent in 2016 to 78 percent earlier this month. While support for NATO has slipped somewhat among Republicans, falling from 52 percent to 47 percent, the net effect is that there is now an increased awareness of the importance of America’s alliances."Russia is a power in precipitous decline with an economy one-tenth the size of America’s and less than 40 percent the size of Germany’s."Russia’s chief geopolitical weapon, its rich endowment of OIL and GA$ resources—which it has long used to wring concessions out of its European neighbors and to finance its geopolitical ambitions—has been devalued by the shale energy revolution in North America and increased production in Saudi Arabia and other major oil-producing states."

    dick fucking cheney

    1. Anonymous8:01 AM

      If conservatives are right about the importance of virtue, morality, religious faith, stability, character and so on in the individual; if they are right about sexual morality or what came to be termed “family values”; if they are right about the importance of education to inculcate good character and to teach the fundamentals that have defined knowledge in the West for millennia; if they are right about societal norms and public order; if they are right about the centrality of initiative, enterprise, industry, and thrift to a sound economy and a healthy society; if they are right about the soul-sapping effects of paternalistic Big Government and its cannibalization of civil society and religious institutions; if they are right about the necessity of a strong defense and prudent statesmanship in the international sphere—if they are right about the importance of all this to national health and even survival, then they must believe—mustn’t they?—that we are headed off a cliff."
      "Trump’s vulgarity is in fact a godsend to the conservatives."
      "The Gulf War of 1991 was a strategic victory for American interests. No conflict since then has been."

  14. Anonymous7:40 AM

    "Michael Pack, the leading contender for the post, is currently the president and CEO of the Claremont Institute and Publisher of its Claremont Review of Books, a conservative institute based in California which has been called the “academic home of Trumpism” by the Chronicle of Higher Education."Michael Anton, now the director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, wrote under a pseudonym an essay called “The Flight 93 Election" that the Intercept called “the intellectual source code of Trumpism.”"the last chance to save a hardline conservative vision for America against liberal opponents and moderate Republicans — charging the “cockpit” of American democracy in the same way the passengers of Flight 93 did on September 11, 2001, sacrificing themselves to prevent greater damage."Pack is clearly in tune with Bannon, who has publicly praised Pack, calling him
    “one of the greatest filmmakers in America today.”

    1. Anonymous8:31 AM

      The American people are storming the cockpit and removing the terrorist from our buildings. Lets Roll has a whole new meaning since 911 and 11/9 began a new fight against terrorist, treason and espionage within our country borders. Americans will not allow treason nor LIARS to destroy Our United States of America. Never.

  15. Anonymous7:42 AM

    Stock markets up.
    Stock markets down.
    Oh the money games they play.

    1. Mostly down.

      I don't have much money in the stock market, less than $30,000. But thanks to Trump I've lost nearly $4,000 in the handful of stocks I have.

    2. Anonymous7:18 PM

      Ogliarchs have manipulate markets long enough.

  16. Anonymous8:21 AM


  17. Anonymous8:24 AM

    So the "BIG" story trumpster is that you are in deep shit and you are about to be FIRED by America.

  18. Anonymous8:26 AM

    No question about it .trump is a small minded individual. With an adolescent behavior.
    Among many not so favorable adjectives that describes his bombastic persona .
    I abhor all the repulicans politions for being spineless , while trump continues to throw more fuel on his burning American, to nothing but ashes!Resist!!! The bastards!!!

  19. Anonymous8:30 AM

    As soon as these shitstains are gone, we're back in.

    If they don't start WWIII and kill us all first.

  20. Anonymous11:22 AM

    I hope Mar-a-Lago sinks soon. With Trump inside and his family inside.

  21. The fucker thinks fulfilling a campaign promise based on ignorance is better than following the advice of his own people! Even Tillerson says not do withdraw. This is an oil guy!

    Withdrawing and allowing the other nations to advance in green energy will cost the United States thousands of jobs and lose us millions of dollars. Does Trump give a damn? No. He's a real estate guy. He only cares about dirt.

    Too bad he can't be impeached for just being dumb fuck stupid.

  22. Anonymous1:16 PM

    "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future"

  23. WA Skeptic3:30 PM

    When the rest of the world refuses to do business with us--known as "Boycott", as in the Boycott of the Union of South Africa--and our economy goes into the toilet, let's see how the Cheetofaced Twatwaffle likes that.

    Of course, the rest of the country will be suffering, but he and his traitorous group won't give a flying f**k about that. Vlad will just give them a lovely dacha on the Crimean Peninsula and they'll live happily ever after. (As long as they can evade the tar and feathers)

  24. Anonymous3:34 PM

    One of best columns I have read about Trump today.

  25. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Too bad he didn't make a campaign promise to grow the tourism industry in this country -- because maybe then he would make changes necessary to stop its deep decline since the election. Here is a story I have seen several times recently. Where I live tourism is one of the biggest factors in our economy. don't know how much of it is from foreign travelers, but am not eager to see how the summer goes for our area.

    What an idiot we have at the helm. He is hurting us all in so many ways.

  26. Anonymous7:02 PM

    Oh Donny Brook needs a hotel in China. Smog view. Complimentary face masks and portable oxygen tanks. Toxic water to consume, bath and swim in. Consumer goods to buy that fall apart like Wal-Mart. Good call Donny Brook.:/


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