Nicaragua, Syria and the USA

The company you keep matters. Rather than be in the company of other world leaders to help save the planet, the President of the United States decided to be in the company of Nicaragua and Syria. It should be noted Nicaragua wanted the Paris deal to go further. So, we are joined at the hip with Syria.

Going against the wishes of the majority of Americans and even a majority in his own party, the current incumbent in the White House decided to withdraw the United States of America from an agreement it helped forge with China.

Rather than work with others under the Paris Climate Change Accord, the President has decided the children and grandchildren of the world do not matter. He has decided that reneging on a major step forward is better than working with others. His reasons ring hollow, especially when he speaks of his actions to help the environment and trying to save an industry that market forces are diminishing the demand.

I feared this decision from well before the election. Fortunately, we are passed the tipping point on renewable energy as costs continue to fall. Fortunately, businesses are telling him they are not changing forward moving plans because that is what their customers want.

What is most interesting about the timing, two days ago, over 62% of Exxon-Mobil shareholders overruled a management recommendation and said they must report to shareholders the impact climate change is having on their business. This follows similar votes at Occidental Petroleum and PPL, a Pennsylvania based utility. So, owners of companies are making a statement as are customers.

It is a pity that this President has cemented his legacy with such a horrible decision for our country and planet. He will not be remembered well and it has already begun. He should have listened to his daughter, whose children will have to hear how their grandfather harmed the planet.

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20 thoughts on “Nicaragua, Syria and the USA

  1. Note to Readers: Coal miners may want to pay attention to what the President’s Chief Economic Advisor said just last week to reporters traveling on Air Force One.

    As reported on CNN, but also multiple news agencies, “The president’s chief economic advisor is casting doubt on the future of U.S. coal, saying it ‘doesn’t really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,’ directly contradicting President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to revive the struggling coal industry.

    Briefing reporters Thursday night on Air Force One, Gary Cohn singled out natural gas as ‘such a cleaner fuel.’ By exporting more natural gas and investing in wind and solar energy, the U.S. ‘can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly,’ Cohn said.”

    So, when the President said he is withdrawing from Paris to rebuild coal jobs, the market forces are working against that goal. In fact, a Global Enerfy Consultant said last fall on NPR that DT’s own energy plan would hasten coal’s demise. Coal miners may want to ask Messers. Trump, McConnell and Paul to tell them the truth – they are owed it.

    • Janis, it is all about an image on front of his base. A key part of that image is “Obama did bad things.” The truth matters little to this man. The sad part is his followers think his solutions are well crafted. They are not as they are based on what “sells” not what is. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: Watching Shields and Brooks tonight discuss the week’s news on PBS Newshour, they made a couple of compelling statements about the President’s Paris Climate Change Accord decision. First, they noted the GOP argued that Obama managed from the rear on global issues – Trump is “retreating to the rear.” We are abdicating our role to work with others. Second, they said the President’s speech citing the reasons he did was disconnected from reality. The Accord is voluntary, so the President could have altered our focus without leaving the agreement. Plus, he portrayed that everyone is conspiring against the US which is not true. Not to mention his citing of the jobs loss being untrue, when economists say it is job shifting.

    Shields went on to say this coupled with his NATO performance show he has little appreciation for history and our role in the world. Brooks noted Trump simply likes to stick his finger in the eye of elites and he has positioned any decision with this motivation.

  3. Good post, Keith! I am more encouraged by the corporations, states and cities that will defy Trump and continue with environmental initiatives. I also found it interesting that a new coal mine opening in Pennsylvania, the Acosta Coal Mine, set to open on June 8 expected to create 70 jobs. 70. whoopee, huh?

    • Jill, his fan base dismisses the global discord (inappropriately) as evidence that he fighting for them. What they cannot dismiss is the vast number of corporations telling him this bad for business and the environment. There should not be too many new coal start ups. Keith

      • Agreed! And just tonight I heard that Vermont has joined the coalition of states determined to continue to adhere to the standards of the Paris Accords. Wouldn’t it be something if more than half the states jumped on that bandwagon?

      • Jill, so far two of the states are led by GOP governors. California leading this is telling in that, if measured as a country, they would be the 7th largest solar energy provider in the world. Keith

      • California seems to be really taking the lead in several areas, including energy, climate change, and treating immigrants as humans. Good for them!!! I hope more states follow suit!

      • Jill, I agree. Someone needs to let the rest of the world we care about our planet and the people who inhabit it. I read a great piece this morning from an environmental scientist who is also a Republican who is chastising one of our senators who signed the letter to pull out from Paris. On the flip side, DOE Rick Perry is sanctioning a biased survey, not involving representative parties, to see if renewable energy should be invented through tax credits. Keith

      • I was reminded earlier this evening of Mick Mulvaney saying, back in March, that climate change research was ‘crazy’ and a ‘waste of taxpayer money’. I seriously hope every city and state in this nation stand up for what is right. As for Rick Perry — the man talks through both sides of his mouth. Sigh.

      • Jill, the best description of Perry is by a former political reporter for The Dallas News who said “He was all hat and no cattle.” Mulvaney has a lot of nerve with his dishonest budget complete with revenue double counting and overly optimistic revenue projections. Keith

      • The author of the quote toward Perry is a female reporter who passed away before he ran for President. She probably turned over in her grave when he announced and then got a grin when he could not name the three agencies he would eliminate.

  4. Dear Keith,

    Here is what I’m sharing with everyone:

    For the glass half full brief:

    As you have been saying, this move by DDT has prompted Mayors of major cities, Governors of the largest states and big businesses to jump on the same band wagon to agree to follow or surpass whatever standards had been agreed upon as if the US were still part of the Paris Climate Accord. So, we will not be losing ground.

    Also, this Paris Accord does not technically go into effect until after the next US president is elected when we can then decide that we are choosing to be part of the Paris Climate Accord.

    And this should motivate a lot of folks to get out and vote.We need to turn over the US Congress in 2018.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, agreed. The activism needs to turn into voters. It frustrates me how many protestors did not vote in November or did not vote for the less flawed candidate of the two. Keith

      • Dear Keith,

        If those who voted for Jill Stein, had voted for HRC, there would be a different person in the WH.

        I IAVE BEEN SURPRISED THAT SHE IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION.

        She was the one sitting next to General Flynn at the RT dinner at the same table with President Putin. Her campaign speeches were pro-Russian policies and she did obtain speaking fees. For strategic purposes, why wouldn’t Russia help finance her campaign as it was obvious that her candidacy hurt HRC?

        Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, I don’t know about that, but it would not be the first time a third party candidate was used in such a way. What I do believe, the legend of HRC exists online and many young Bernie fans found old material of stories that had been discredited or embellished. If you did not know this, it would be quite easy to get a lower opinion of HRC. So, this imperfect candidate was made to look even more lame than she was. The Russian influencers had an easy job to drum up dirt. She needed to be a better candidate, but she needed more allies to say she is being treated unfairly. This is why I say her opponent ran against a caricature. Keith

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