Since withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, the United States is economically better off while at the same time leading the world in reducing carbon emissions.
New York Times international climate reporter Somini Sengupta lamented that three years after the Paris Climate Accord was signed, the world is far worse off, and she couldn’t understand why.
She observed that the member countries came together “to avert the worst effects of climate change, accepting not only that greenhouse gases were dangerously heating the planet, but also that every single country needed to do its part to curtail emissions.”
The Times tweeted Friday that, “the world is not on track to meet its targets. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising. And the world’s 7.6 billion people face mounting risks from more severe and more frequent floods, droughts and wildfires.”
The pact was signed by then-President Barack Obama on behalf of the United States in 2015, but was later rejected by his successor, President Donald Trump, because of, “the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.”
Obama blasted Trump for withdrawing the United States from the accord.
“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. 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.”
But instead of losing “jobs and industries” since backing out of the pact, the American economy is booming. Industries are returning to the United States, unemployment among minorities and women are at record lows, and wages, salaries, and bonuses are skyrocketing.
John Kerry, Obama’s secretary of state at the time the Paris Climate Accord was signed, was even more direct.
“The President who promised ‘America First’ has taken a self-destructive step that puts our nation last,” Kerry said. “This is an unprecedented forfeiture of American leadership which will cost us influence, cost us jobs, and invite other countries to walk away from solving humanity’s most existential crisis.”
Whatever one’s beliefs on climate change — whether it’s a natural occurrence, it’s primarily caused by human activity, or that it doesn’t exist at all — it turns out that despite the horrific predictions of Kerry, Obama, and everyone else who criticized the president for backing out of the deal, the United States is doing just fine with respect to the environment.
After withdrawing from the agreement, the United States leads all nations in the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions — a reduction of more than 42 million tons, as reported by the Capital Research Center (CRC), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit conservative watchdog group.
“Meanwhile, China, the Paris Protocol’s champion and the world’s most notorious polluter, produced the largest increase of carbon in the atmosphere in 2017,” the CRC observed. “Coupled with India, China’s carbon contributions accounted for nearly half of the total surge in 2017 global carbon emissions.
China increased its carbon emissions by nearly 120 tons.
What the Times, Sengupta, Obama, and Kerry failed to understand is that it’s not what you say that is important — it’s what you do. It’s not the number of clubs to which you can claim membership — it’s how your own particular club lives up to its promises.
Symbolic gestures such as signing an agreement no one expects to live up to doesn’t solve the world’s problems — hard work does. The former can result in congratulatory smiles and handshakes; the latter achieves results.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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