Normally, this would be something we’d chalk up to probable fake news, but consider the past week or two (see Report: Trump Cuts Deal with Schumer/Pelosi on DACA. But NOT the Wall… and Hot Mic Catches Chuck Schumer Saying Donald Trump “Likes Me”!), we’ve gotta bring it up. Are we pulling out of the Paris Agreement or not?
Trump administration won't pull out of Paris accord, offers to re-engage in climate deal, EU official says https://t.co/v9eHLcRtZH
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 16, 2017
NEW YORK—Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn’t pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to multiple officials at a global warming summit.
“The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said.
Trying to verify. A senior admin official – who probably should know about this – had no idea & described WSJ report as "a complete shock." https://t.co/gilnubxx4L
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 16, 2017
The White House denies the report. At least for now:
"As the President has made abundantly clear, the US is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms more favorable to our country."
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) September 16, 2017
Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed. @POTUS has been clear, US withdrawing unless we get pro-America terms.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 16, 2017
Just about every non-leftist on the block was stoked when Trump said we’d be pulling out of the Paris Agreement. I know we were. I don’t know about you, but a foreign super-government regulating our carbon output sounds like a crap deal to me. You would’ve thought it would sound like a sucky deal to Trump too, with all his anti-globalist talk. But now, especially in the wake of his DACA switcheroo, his position on the matter is unclear to say the least.
Prior to last week, with Trump getting rolled by Schumer and PeLOLsi, none of this would be disconcerting. But “unless we get pro-America terms” can be defined as many different ways as they’re trying to define “amnesty” and “citizenship” lately. Those words can mean just about anything.
The Paris Accords are a giant pile of suck. Even if we agree to remain in the agreement “conditionally,” we’d still be worse off than we’d be without it. The debate over
global warming global cooling climate change is far from over. So, bowing down to the UN in the name of a crisis that may or may not even be happening doesn’t sound very prudent.
Perhaps the Trump Administration could use a refresher course.