Climate change

Donald Trump has one thing going for him – his base. They are passionate about him. Everyone else thinks he’s an idiot – as well as some other things. By bailing on the Paris climate accord, he changes none of that. And thereby hangs a tale.

Trump’s decision to quit on the global agreement had nothing to do with improving America’s future – it won’t. Or lightening the regulatory load – it doesn’t. Or even jobs – there won’t be any.  It has everything to do with politics. And by that measure, it was a mistake.

His core will love him. They know he’s lying and don’t care. And everyone else will just continue to think he’s an ass. But imagine the political advantage he could have claimed if he had decided to stay in. Say he made this speech:

“My fellow Americans, after consultation with top economists, I have decided that America – and its citizens’ – best interests will be served by staying with the Paris climate accord. I say this because I am passionate about working Americans. I am foremost a jobs President and that’s where the jobs are.

America’s strength has been as a leader in technology – from cars, to planes, to the computer. We have always led in energy -whether it be fossil fuels, hydroelectric, or nuclear power. Now the time has come for us to lead again. This time in alternate energy, batteries, and other new energy technologies.

I will not forget the men and women who have worked in traditional energy companies. As always we will ensure that our workforce has the skills needed to work in the new jobs created by these industries of the few.

Do not be afraid. The Paris accord is only our latest call to arms. America has always won. We will again. Thank you.”

Some conservative think-tanks will harrumph. Fox News pontificators will splutter. But his base will approve. And here’s where he would really score. Independents would have a reason to break for him. And even some liberals may not be so passionate about bashing him at every turn.

Trump is the first President since Teddy Roosevelt who can plausibly claim he is not beholden to the party bosses. Roosevelt used his bully pulpit to take on the economic trusts – monopolies – despite their support of Republicans. Trump has chosen to us his pulpit merely to be a bully.


Quitting Paris, Trump Damages America’s Economy.

June 1, 2017

The Paris climate agreement is voluntary. There is no mechanism to enforce any of the signatories goals. Legally it makes no difference whether we are in or out. But symbolically the decision is significant. With Trump’s decision to ditch the deal, America announces that the world’s largest economy, and second largest polluter, puts profits ahead […]

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Alternate Energy, It’s Where the Money Is.

December 1, 2015

President Obama and 150+ other world leaders met in Paris to initiate talks on climate change. Why? Because the world’s leaders are paying attention to the scientific community – and doing what leaders do, which is to ensure the safety of their citizens. The Republicans presidential candidates are cut from a different cloth. They find […]

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Really? 8.4.15 – Trump’s fantasies; Cruz silliness; Ice on the rocks; Superbugs & Legionnaire’s Disease

August 3, 2015

“I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely” ― Charles Bukowski Donald Trump creates his own reality. Trump announced his campaign in a 45-minute extemporaneous harangue – most memorable for his ‘Mexicans are rapists’ line. Unsurprisingly, polls show that 75% […]

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Really? – This and That From the Week That Was. A Train Crash; The Death Penalty; Buying Science; Mrs Betty Bowers; Foresight is Blind.

May 17, 2015

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions” ― Edward R. Murrow The Amtrak crash this week underscored in what disrepair our infrastructure is. Instead of agreeing that we have a problem some politicians accused other politicians of ‘politicizing’ the problem – so that they don’t have to deal with it. America owns […]

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The Liberian Ebola Conspiracy Theorists are Rank Amateurs Compared to Our Loonies

August 18, 2014

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”  ― Marcus Aurelius,  ‘Meditations’. There is wild speculation is West Africa over the causes of the Ebola outbreak and the role played by the Liberian government in the epidemic. Speculation so wacky it […]

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Really? 7.23.14 – Texas hates on women; Politicians with ADHD; Ignoring evidence; Cruel, but not so unusual; ACA games.

July 23, 2014

“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.” – Oscar Wilde Texas wants them barefoot and pregnant. Texas promotes abstinence-only sex ed. It has slashed funding for family planning services. It has so regulated […]

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Really? – 7.12.14. – Christians Taking Care of the Environment; Sexaholic; Enzymes in the Anus; Fencing Out the Kids; America’s Dumbest Congressman?

July 12, 2014

Christians taking biblical care of the environment.  Some “Christians” have strayed so far from Jesus’s philosophy that it is chutzpah for them to call themselves Christian. But there are many who still do the Christian thing. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced it will divest itself of all investments in fossil fuel companies, […]

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Really? – 2.2.14 – A mixed week for the religious; A GOPer sneers at science; and the Supreme Court takes a beating.

July 2, 2014

It’s been a mixed week for the religious. Obviously the Hobby Lobby is great news for those who think arbitrary religious beliefs take precedence over national law. On the other hand, there were events less favorable to those who think that religion has some higher claim to moral or legal authority. More hypocrisy in the […]

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