Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trump poised to push world’s best chance to avert climate catastrophe off a cliff

On Tuesday, major media outlets reported that “momentum has turned against the Paris climate agreement” in the White House, as the Washington Post put it.

President Donald Trump in the Oval
 Office with a portrait of Andrew Jackson
 that he installed.
After two major meetings, advisers who want the president to exit the landmark emissions-reduction agreement, such as strategist Steve Bannon and EPA head Scott Pruitt, appear to have the upper hand.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump promised supporters he would end “a broken system of global plunder at American expense,” and said he’d make a “big decision” on Paris within two weeks.

Ironically, while Trump may see himself as an Andrew Jackson, a decision to leave Paris would make Trump look a lot more like James Buchanan, widely considered the worst president in U.S. history.

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