By: Brian Evans
The draft of the international agreement to deal with climate change, has 195 countries represented, and calls for the developed nations around the globe to subsidize or redistribute financial wealth to the undeveloped nations. However, that is not necessarily expected for all the developed nations around the world. For example, three of the worlds largest polluters, China, India, and Iran are not expected to abide by the Accord. In the case of India and Iran, they demanded payments of money from American taxpayers and other industrialized countries yearly in order for them to agree to the deal. To make matters worse, China does not even have to abide by the Paris accord until 2030, but it allows for them to increase coal production by massive proportions.
What does this mean for America? The Paris Accord would have detrimental affects on America on multiple fronts.
- (REDISTRIBUTION OF AMERICAN’S MONEY) – America would have to pay out trillions of dollars over the next 14 years as handouts to developing nations.
- (REDISTRIBUTION OF AMERICAN JOBS) – American energy companies would have to be shut down, costing thousands of American jobs. Meanwhile, China would begin expanding much dirtier coal companies and take over the formerly American energy jobs.
- (NEGLIGIBLE RESULTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT) The Intergovernmental Agency that helped write the Accord admits that the global outcome of this Accord might be 0.2 degrees over the next 100 years. A negligible amount that would not change the environment.
With Americans being told to reduce our carbon footprint by 20%, while other countries like China can increase their carbon footprint, it is expected that over the next 100 years, this accord would only decrease global temperatures by 0.2 degrees. A negligible amount that wouldn’t have any implications on the environment. As far as how the Paris Accord would affect the American economy would be devastating. According to findings from Obama’s Energy Information Administration, the Paris Agreement would do the following between 2015 and 2040:
Slash real gross domestic product by $993 billion ($39.7 billion per year, on average).
Slice real disposable income by $382 billion ($15.3 billion, annually). Chop manufacturing shipments by $1.13 trillion ($45.4 billion annually).
Whack manufacturing jobs by 1.7 million (68,000 annually). Hack non-farm jobs by 900,000 (35,000 annually). Cut light-vehicle sales by 310,000 units (12,400 annually).
This means that while the United States is hamstrung by even more regulations that would then be imposed not just by our government, but by foreign governments, China who isn’t bound by the agreement until 2030, and other countries who don’t live up to the agreement (which always happens) would expand dirtier energy production. This would cost Americans not only in finances, but jobs, and our place on the world stage. It would shift American wealth, financial success, and leadership to other countries around the world. Meanwhile doing nothing positive for our environment.
Being that President Trump was brave enough to go against the radical progressive/socialist left by dropping out of the agreement, he enabled the U.S. to avoid several disastrous effects of the agreement:
Goodbye to ‘American Last.’ The Paris agreement was basically an attempt to halt climate change on the honor system. Its only legal requirements were for signatories to announce goals and report progress, with no international enforcement mechanism. As a result, it was likely that the United States and wealthy European nations would have adopted and implemented severe climate change rules while many of the world’s governments would avoid doing anything that would slow their own economies. The agreement basically made the U.S. economy and Europe’s strongest economies sacrificial lambs to the cause of climate change.
Industrial Carnage. The regulations necessary to implement the Paris agreement would have cost the U.S. industrial sector 1.1 million jobs, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These job losses would center in cement, iron and steel, and petroleum refining. Industrial output would decline sharply.
Hollowing Out Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The industrial carnage would have been concentrated on four states, according to the Chamber of Commerce study. Michigan’s GDP would shrink by 0.8 percent and employment would contract by 74,000 jobs. Missouri’s GDP would shrink by 1 percent. Ohio’s GDP would contract 1.2 percent. Pennsylvania’s GDP would decline by 1.8 percent and the state would lose 140,000 jobs.
Smashing Small Businesses, Helping Big Business. Big businesses in America strongly backed the Paris climate deal. In fact, the backers of the climate deal reads like a “who’s who” of big American businesses: Apple, General Electric, Intel, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, General Mills, Wal-Mart, DuPont, Unilever, and Johnson & Johnson. These business giants can more easily cope with costly regulations than their smaller competitors and many would, in fact, find business opportunities from the changes required. But smaller businesses and traditional start-ups would likely be hurt by the increased costs of compliance and rising energy costs.
Making America Poorer Again. A Heritage Foundation study found that the Paris agreement would have increased the electricity costs of an American family of four by between 13 percent and 20 percent annually. It forecast a loss of income of $20,000 by 2035. In other words, American families would be paying more while making less.
Much Poorer. The overall effect of the agreement would have been to reduce U.S. GDP by over $2.5 trillion and eliminate 400,000 jobs by 2035, according to Heritage’s study. This would exacerbate problems with government funding and deficits, make Social Security solvency more challenging, and increase reliance on government’s spending to support households.
So why are so many people upset over his departure from the Paris Accord? It was a part of the progressive/socialists scheme to reduce American sovereignty, and push forward on their one-world government agenda. America could then become a part of the socialist movement that can be seen across the globe today. The so-called environmentalists have pushed a narrative that is designed as a resistance to capitalism, and really has little to do with the environment. In fact, modeling that the progressives utilize has been known to be wrong and inaccurate over the years. But does that mean that climate change is untrue? Actually no, but our world has been going through climate change since before humans walked the earth. Temperatures have risen and fallen, ice ages have come and gone, and all have happened with or without the existence of man. Progressives have changed the term “global warming” to “climate change,” because they are not even sure if temperatures are rising or falling. They have been fluctuating for millions of years, and that continues to be the case today.
What should America do? We should make decisions that control and constrain pollution. In fact, we are already doing more than any other country to reduce pollution and emissions. America is not the world’s piggy bank, and with the Paris Accord, we would be financing foreign countries goals and initiatives. We would be turning over our very sovereignty to other nations in exchange for nothing. It would have devastating and lasting consequences on our countries independence, sovereignty, financial strength, and the people of America. As a result, the Paris Accord in and of itself is constitutionally illegal.
So, thank you President Trump for saving Americans from a deal that violates our very fabric and principles. The CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
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