President Donald Trump is determined to make our country great again. To do so, he’s been pulling out of unfair trade deals. For example, earlier this week, the United States officially notified the United Nations (UN) about its plan to leave the Paris climate accord.
According to reports, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, recently sent a letter to Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the UN, informing him of the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. “This is to inform the Secretary-General, in connection with the Paris Agreement, adopted at Paris on December 12, 2015, that the United States intends to exercise its right to withdraw from the [climate accord],” wrote Haley.
Shortly after Haley sent Guterres the letter, US State Department released a statement providing the public with more details. “Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations…regarding the US intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the [climate accord],” they explained in the statement, noting, “as the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.”
Despite pulling out of the deal, they made it clear that the US is still committed to lowering emissions so long as it’s done in a reasonable way. “The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security,” claimed the State Department, noting, “we will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions.”
They added, “the United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration. Such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement.”
Haley’s letter to Guterres and the State Department’s subsequent statement both come shortly after President Donald Trump publicly announced his plan to withdraw, which he during a speech in the Rose Garden back in June. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” he said at the time.
“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers…and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production,” added President Trump.
Unsurprisingly, many on the left were outraged over Trump’s decision to withdraw. One of the people most upset was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who claimed that leaving the deal “dishonors” God. Specifically, she said, “the Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. And that is just what we’re doing by walking away from this accord.”
By saying this, she’s essentially saying that businesses will start to pollute the planet if we aren’t in an international climate agreement. But this is clearly absurd. Vast numbers of business owners understand the importance of keeping the environment clean. Those who don’t will lose customers and have to shut down.
Contrary to what critics like Pelosi say, President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord was actually an excellent one. This is because, by allowing other countries to continue to pollute, the agreement hurt our economy without doing much to help combat climate change. On top of that, since numerous countries are only in the agreement because they’re getting vast sums of money from richer countries, withdrawing was smart because the only thing the deal accomplishes is redistributing wealth.
Hopefully, President Trump continues to pulling us out of terrible deals. Doing so will help make America great again.