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Grassroots Rising: Paris Agreement is America Last, Taxpayer Last, and Consumer Last

By -- April 19, 2017

“Some argue that we should remain in the Paris Agreement to keep our ‘seat at the table.’ However, the fundamental goal of the Paris Agreement is to drive participating nations toward emissions reductions that are mathematically incompatible with economic growth.”

The alligators are still in the climate swamp. Anti-industrial environmentalists, crony capitalists, Big Science, and even bought-off conservatives and ‘libertarians’ want to keep the US in the Paris climate agreement.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute wants to even this fight by engaging the forgotten men and women, the ones that are stuck with the bill for climate-policy activism.

Myron Ebell, director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment, invites mainstream America to sign a petition to ensure that President Trump’s stands strong and keeps his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the heavy-handed Paris climate (non)treaty.

Informative talking points, articles and blog posts follow the link to the CEI video. Cal Beisner’s article is especially valuable, as it succinctly presents the most important reasons the United States and President Trump need to liberate the world from an agreement that is incompatible with modern industrial economies, redistributes wealth to non-industrial nations, and does virtually nothing to reduce future global warming or prevent extreme weather events.

This battle between the American “Deplorables” and the Washington Swamp has monumental consequences for our access to reliable, affordable energy, and thus for our future lives, livelihoods, living standards and liberties.

Call to Action

Please send CEI’s https://cei.org/StopParisClimateTreaty to friends, family, colleagues, and others you know. Urge them to watch the video and to pass it along to others. For those on Twitter, the President’s handle is @realDonaldTrump.

Talking Points

  • President Trump campaigned on the promise to “cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to UN global warming programs.”  The agreement is designed to transfer wealth from the United States to developing countries, and would cost tens of trillions of dollars to implement.
  • The Paris Agreement is an unfair deal that allows countries like China and India – which have far fewer environmental protections in place than does the U.S. – to continue to increase their greenhouse gas emissions, while we take very costly steps to dramatically decrease ours.
  • The promises made by the Obama administration in entering the agreement would cost American workers hundreds of thousands of jobs, and our economy hundreds of billions of dollars – harming America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, and handing an advantage to China and other nations.
  • Because the Paris Agreement requires member countries to increase their emission reduction commitments every five years, staying in the agreement would mean even more harm to American workers, families, and the economy over time.
  • This stands in direct conflict with President Trump’s plan to create 25 million new American jobs, re-establishing the United States as a global leader in manufacturing and an engine of economic growth.
  • Energy and all other prices would skyrocket for families, hospitals, schools, factories, and businesses. Living standards would decline, jobs disappear, substance abuse climb, and people die needlessly an prematurely. 
  • Some argue that we should remain in the Paris Agreement to keep our “seat at the table.”  However, the fundamental goal of the Paris Agreement is to drive participating nations toward emissions reductions that are mathematically incompatible with economic growth. America should walk away to help the world.
  • Remaining in the agreement and reducing our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is inconsistent with the construct of the agreement itself.  Provisions exist for participating nations only to strengthen their commitments, not weaken them.
  • Even providing for a rescission of our current NDC, continued U.S. participation in the agreement ensures a future administration will once again put forward unattainable, economically damaging NDCs.
  • It is unrealistic to believe that the U.S. could extract concessions regarding the development and use of fossil fuels, particularly given the negative reaction by other members at the recent G7 Energy meeting to a proposal to include nothing more than a mere reference to fossil fuels in a joint statement of the G7 nations.
  • In stark contrast to the previous administration, President Trump has made clear that his priorities include energy policies that maximize the use of America’s vast untapped resources; environmental policies that focus on protecting and preserving our air, water, and wildlife; and regulatory policies that put Americans back to work, unleashing our nation’s full economic potential.  The Paris Climate Treaty stands as an obstacle to each of those goals.

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  1. Mark  


    I just got an email informing me that Dr. Stavins has formally recommend staying in the Paris Agreement- Why the U.S. Should Remain in the Paris Climate Agreement

    I was watching PBS this morning and Jefferson Airplanes White Rabbit was playing- for some reason I copied this lyric as it reminded of the political ill-will of the 100%WWS crowd:

    “And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall
    Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call

    Tommy James lyric:

    ….Crystal, blue persuasion

    Maybe tomorrow
    When he looks down
    On every green field
    And every town
    All of his children
    And every nation
    They’ll be peace and good brotherhood

    was the other lyric I copied while reading the Stavins post.


  2. Mark  


    A few recent blog posts confirm that some of the assumptions (that masked the REAL technological and financial risks) in the plans to meet the RES in CA are coming to fruition:

    1) http://euanmearns.com/concentrated-solar-power-in-the-usa-a-performance-review

    2) https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/is-the-duck-sinking/



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