Trump Calls for Deep Breath and Review of the Paris Climate Accord

The far-left media was as predictable as the sun coming up with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The majority of them wildly predicted the loss of American leadership throughout the world and even the end of the planet as we know it.

The facts are a distant cousin to most of the hysteria being transmitted by overzealous sworn enemies of the Trump administration. Hopefully average Americans are willing to look beyond the usual negativity of those who lost their sanity and never regained it since Hillary Clinton lost the election.

The president had the sworn obligation to take a hard look at what his predecessor had committed the American people to with these accords. First and foremost, the “treaty” was never ratified by the U.S. Senate. President Obama obstinately made a singular decision solely on his base of support. It was not an American decision, it was a partisan decision.

President Donald Trump is right to pull the U.S. out of a 2015 global agreement to fight climate change. He said on Thursday that the U.S. would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement. Whether or not politicians agree or disagree, it is a more thorough treatment of this situation that includes more than just the decision of one man.

Trump decried the treaty’s “draconian” financial and economic burdens. He said American withdrawal “represents a reassertion of American sovereignty.” Isn’t it the responsibility of an American president to make decisions on what is best for Americans first?

The key question is whether it is a good idea for our government to set industrial policy and intervene in the free market system. For instance, is it the government’s place to interfere with the commercialization of fracking technology? The idea of lower energy costs for all Americans in what has been construed as a safe environment for such technology.

Is it a just agreement that has the U.S. reducing its emissions in dramatic fashion as the leading polluters on the globe are not required to do the same? Why must America’s economy and its citizens endure the hardships while the rest of the world does basically little if anything?

Is this what being the so-called “leader of the free world” encompasses? The president doesn’t think so and his opinion is based on what is best for Americans; not India, Russia, China or anybody else. The technical innovations that have cost Americans billions of dollars are used by other nations who could afford to do the same.

It is a byproduct of federally funded research that required entrepreneurial risk-taking and private interests to be developed. Can anything close to American ingenuity be pointed to by other foreign countries that condemn us for what we alone invest? Where are the rest of the world’s contributions aside from their verbal protests?

The U.S. has taken major steps to reduce its emissions, while Germany is raising its emissions by reverting back to burning coal to meet its energy needs. Is this called mutual cooperation? China and India are by far and away the leading nations on Earth to pollute the environment, yet it is America taking the full brunt of spending more billions to reduce our emissions as the polluters act as mere observers, or worse yet, are provided funds by Americans to do their part.

Is that the definition of a “fair deal?” Have any of the hysterical far left ever considered what a “fair deal” is? Or is it that Donald Trump wants a better deal and they won’t even listen to what he is saying?

In making his decision, Trump said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.”

Could it be that a successful businessman is more adept in obtaining a fair deal for Americans through negotiation than merely pouncing on a popular issue with his base and blindly agreeing to a bad deal? Does anyone for one minute think this president is for dirty air and water?

The United States is one of 195 nations that agreed to the accord in Paris in December 2015, a deal that former U.S. President Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering. No one until now has bothered to read just how unbalanced the agreement is. As the leader of the free world, it is the obligation of this country to make the other 194 countries actual participants in this endeavor. As it stands today, many are just observers waiting for a handout.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014," was published in July, 2014. "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Presidential Election in History," was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.