Today is the day that America's global leadership ends. Congratulations, Washington, you have become worse than useless. You are now positively dangerous. Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement is leaving the civilized world.
|Jeffrey Sachs on Donald Trump - "He is an old,|
sleazy, lazy and ignorant man. He knows
nothing about climate science.
Perhaps he is also suffering from dementia."
Hyperbole? Not so. Global warming is an existential threat. Every literate person knows it, including the management of ExxonMobil, Chevron and nearly every climate scientist across the land and the world.
So, what is going on? Donald Trump is an obvious starting point. He is an old, sleazy, lazy and ignorant man. He knows nothing about climate science. Perhaps he is also suffering from dementia. That is plausible, but a topic not raised in polite company.
Yet the withdrawal from Paris goes well beyond Trump. If you have any doubt, just take a look at the letter sent to Trump by 22 Republican senators on the eve of Trump's trip to Europe. These senators, almost all from coal, oil and gas producing states, called on Trump to pull out of Paris. Trump's move is not the result of an addled mind, or not only that. It reflects U.S. politics.
Read Jeffery Sachs comment in the New York Daily News - “Trump’s Paris pullout leaves America's global leadership in flames.”