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Trump’s Paris Speech

June 2, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

  

For those who have not seen it in full, the Guardian has the full text and video:

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/02/full-text-of-trumps-speech-draconian-paris-accord-dumped

 

I am fighting every day for the great people of this country. Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and it’s citizens, the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. (Applause) Thank you. But begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the U.S., its business, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.

So we are getting out. But we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.

The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering an agreement that disadvantages the U.S., leaving American workers who I love and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs and lower wages and vastly diminished economic production. Thus, as of today, the U.S. will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian and financial economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.

This includes ending the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund, which is costing the U.S. a vast fortune.

Compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates. This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs — not what we need — believe me, this is not what we need — including automobile jobs, and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely. They rely for so much, and we would be giving them so little.

According to this same study, by 2040, compliance with the commitments put into place by the previous administration would cut production for the following sectors: paper down 12 percent; cement down 23 percent; iron and steel down 38 percent; coal — and I happen to love the coal miners — down 86 percent; natural gas down 31 percent. The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have $7,000 less income and, in many cases, much worse than that.

Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals. As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States — which is what it does — the world’s leader in environmental protection, while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters.

For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years — 13. They can do whatever they want for 13 years. Not us. India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. There are many other examples. But the bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.

Further, while the current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America — which it does, and the mines are starting to open up. We’re having a big opening in two weeks. Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand-new mine. It’s unheard of. For many, many years, that hasn’t happened. They asked me if I’d go. I’m going to try.

China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants.

In short, the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries.

This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States. The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement — they went wild; they were so happy — for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage. A cynic would say the obvious reason for economic competitors and their wish to see us remain in the agreement is so that we continue to suffer this self-inflicted major economic wound. We would find it very hard to compete with other countries from other parts of the world. 

We have among the most abundant energy reserves on the planet, sufficient to lift millions of America’s poorest workers out of poverty. Yet, under this agreement, we are effectively putting these reserves under lock and key, taking away the great wealth of our nation — it’s great wealth, it’s phenomenal wealth; not so long ago, we had no idea we had such wealth — and leaving millions and millions of families trapped in poverty and joblessness.

The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries. At 1 percent growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our domestic demand, but at 3 or 4 percent growth, which I expect, we need all forms of available American energy, or our country (Applause) will be at grave risk of brownouts and blackouts, our businesses will come to a halt in many cases, and the American family will suffer the consequences in the form of lost jobs and a very diminished quality of life.

Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount. In fact, 14 days of carbon emissions from China alone would wipe out the gains from America — and this is an incredible statistic — would totally wipe out the gains from America’s expected reductions in the year 2030, after we have had to spend billions and billions of dollars, lost jobs, closed factories, and suffered much higher energy costs for our businesses and for our homes.

As the Wall Street Journal wrote this morning: "The reality is that withdrawing is in America’s economic interest and won’t matter much to the climate." The United States, under the Trump administration, will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth. We’ll be the cleanest. We’re going to have the cleanest air. We’re going to have the cleanest water. We will be environmentally friendly, but we’re not going to put our businesses out of work and we’re not going to lose our jobs. We’re going to grow; we’re going to grow rapidly. (Applause)

And I think you just read — it just came out minutes ago, the small business report — small businesses as of just now are booming, hiring people. One of the best reports they’ve seen in many years.

I’m willing to immediately work with Democratic leaders to either negotiate our way back into Paris, under the terms that are fair to the United States and its workers, or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers. (Applause)

So if the obstructionists want to get together with me, let’s make them non-obstructionists.  We will all sit down, and we will get back into the deal.  And we’ll make it good, and we won’t be closing up our factories, and we won’t be losing our jobs.  And we’ll sit down with the Democrats and all of the people that represent either the Paris Accord or something that we can do that’s much better than the Paris Accord.  And I think the people of our country will be thrilled, and I think then the people of the world will be thrilled.  But until we do that, we’re out of the agreement.

I will work to ensure that America remains the world’s leader on environmental issues, but under a framework that is fair and where the burdens and responsibilities are equally shared among the many nations all around the world.

No responsible leader can put the workers — and the people — of their country at this debilitating and tremendous disadvantage. The fact that the Paris deal hamstrings the United States, while empowering some of the world’s top polluting countries, should dispel any doubt as to the real reason why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound down by this agreement: It’s to give their country an economic edge over the United States. That’s not going to happen while I’m President. I’m sorry. (Applause)

My job as president is to do everything within my power to give America a level playing field and to create the economic, regulatory and tax structures that make America the most prosperous and productive country on Earth, and with the highest standard of living and the highest standard of environmental protection.

Our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well. I think a lot of people will be very pleasantly surprised.  The Republicans are working very, very hard. We’d love to have support from the Democrats, but we may have to go it alone. But it’s going very well.

The Paris Agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country’s expense. They don’t put America first. I do, and I always will.  (Applause)

The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and, in many cases, lax contributions to our critical military alliance. You see what’s happening. It’s pretty obvious to those that want to keep an open mind.

At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens, and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.  And they won’t be. They won’t be.

I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. (Applause) I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America’s interests. Many trade deals will soon be under renegotiation. Very rarely do we have a deal that works for this country, but they’ll soon be under renegotiation. The process has begun from day one. But now we’re down to business.

Beyond the severe energy restrictions inflicted by the Paris accord, it includes yet another scheme to redistribute wealth out of the United States through the so-called Green Climate Fund — nice name — which calls for developed countries to send $100 billion to developing countries all on top of America’s existing and massive foreign aid payments. So we’re going to be paying billions and billions and billions of dollars, and we’re already way ahead of anybody else. Many of the other countries haven’t spent anything, and many of them will never pay one dime.

The Green Fund would likely obligate the United States to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars of which the United States has already handed over $1 billion — nobody else is even close; most of them haven’t even paid anything — including funds raided out of America’s budget for the war against terrorism. That’s where they came. Believe me, they didn’t come from me.  They came just before I came into office.  Not good.  And not good the way they took the money.

In 2015, the United Nation’s departing top climate officials reportedly described the $100 billion per year as "peanuts," and stated that "the $100 billion is the tail that wags the dog."  In 2015, the Green Climate Fund’s executive director reportedly stated that estimated funding needed would increase to $450 billion per year after 2020.  And nobody even knows where the money is going to.  Nobody has been able to say, where is it going to?

Of course, the world’s top polluters have no affirmative obligations under the Green Fund, which we terminated. America is $20 trillion in debt. Cash-strapped cities cannot hire enough police officers or fix vital infrastructure. Millions of our citizens are out of work. And yet, under the Paris accord, billions of dollars that ought to be invested right here in America will be sent to the very countries that have taken our factories and our jobs away from us. So think of that.

There are serious legal and constitutional issues as well. Foreign leaders in Europe, Asia, and across the world should not have more to say with respect to the U.S. economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives. Thus, our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty. (Applause) Our Constitution is unique among all the nations of the world, and it is my highest obligation and greatest honor to protect it. And I will.

Staying in the agreement could also pose serious obstacles for the United States as we begin the process of unlocking the restrictions on America’s abundant energy reserves, which we have started very strongly. It would once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic economic affairs, but this is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or if we do not negotiate a far better deal.

The risks grow as historically these agreements only tend to become more and more ambitious over time. In other words, the Paris framework is a starting point — as bad as it is — not an end point. And exiting the agreement protects the United States from future intrusions on the United States’ sovereignty and massive future legal liability. Believe me, we have massive legal liability if we stay in.

As president, I have one obligation, and that obligation is to the American people. The Paris Accord would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risks, and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. It is time to exit the Paris accord — (Applause) — and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens, and our country.

It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — along with many, many other locations within our great country — before Paris, France. It is time to make America great again. (Applause) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-paris-climate-agreement-withdrawal-announcement-full-transcript/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17&yptr=yahoo

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20 Comments
  1. Graeme No.3 permalink
    June 2, 2017 10:29 am

    I have just read the transcript and am filled with admiration. What a superb speech. It isolated those who want to continue as wanting to retard the economy of the USA (which they probably want to do), it gives hope to unemployed, and underemployed citizens, it makes it plain that the USA will no longer be supplying free money for the trough and it offers to re-negotiate that agreement provided it reverses it ambitions. The EU and many european leaders have ruled that out, proving that Trump is far smarter than them. It delays any future agreement until years in the future when global cooling will be evident, and it keeps Ivanka sweet, by not ‘exiting’, just renegotiating.
    Wow! No wonder he won. I wonder when those frothing at te mouth will realise that Trump is smarter than them. Probably some time in 2020.

  2. 1saveenergy permalink
    June 2, 2017 10:41 am

    Trump states –
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-paris-climate-agreement-withdrawal-announcement-full-transcript/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17&yptr=yahoo

    “the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. (Applause) Thank you.

    But begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the U.S., its business, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”

    So again it’s not about the science it’s all about…. the money

    “Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. ”

    ” a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100″
    yet he still wants to re-enter the Paris accord

    That’s not about the science it’s all about…. the votes.

    • June 2, 2017 10:48 am

      You are assuming that a Trump-negotiated “accord” would resemble the current one. That is a dangerous assumption.

  3. June 2, 2017 10:45 am

    I was watching steaming on my laptop. My favorite line which I think summed up his whole Presidency, was “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

    We have had Presidents who put the “world” ahead of us. I am so pleased to see you put up the whole transcript. If more people here would seek out his whole speeches, as I have since June 2015, instead of the sliced and diced to be misleading portions put out by the media, he would have even more support. A year ago he gave a powerful one at a recycling plant at Monessen, PA outside Pittsburgh.

    Yep, we have a dandy President who has immense knowledge and spot-on instincts. I was so gratified to hear him factually lay out the situation and why he had made the decision he had made. At the end of several speeches on his “Thank You” tour following his election and at the very end of his Inaugural Address, he said to us: “I will never let you down.” He is keeping that promise to us.

    • HotScot permalink
      June 2, 2017 12:13 pm

      For all the slurs and smears directed at resident Trump being thick and stupid, I admired his intelligence to deliver a plain English speech everyone can understand, even political and scientific thicko’s like me.

      He had one message to convey and with no excuses or apologies, he delivered it.

      His sworn duty, to ensure America’s prosperity and no one else’s, shone through like a beacon.

      There will be many politicians across the globe considering their own positions relative to the people the should be representing internationally and domestically. I trust Theresa May will be at the front of that queue.

      The UK should recognise the shot across the bows Trump has delivered to the world, that he puts America first. If the UK ignores the opportunity this presents and flounders about between appeasing Europe (once again) and not standing with America, woe betide us.

      • June 3, 2017 12:12 pm

        Thank you, HotScot, for your thoughtful and spot-on assessment. Donald Trump is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance which is not easy to get into. He is also a a highly successful worldwide businessman and as such learned the schemes and players.

        He has spent his life in construction, first mentored by his own father, where he has dealt with the contractors and workers. He is very comfortable with them and it shows. He always recognized potential in people when they did not and encouraged and promoted them. During the Convention last summer, his adult children pointed out that he had put them with many of these workers to be mentored. They also said they were as comfortable driving a Caterpillar as their own cars.

        The establishment class has had the vapors over his plain speech, devoid of the political nuance they so admire. WE are tired of their nuanced lies.

  4. June 2, 2017 10:50 am

    The no re-negotiation stance of the EU spokesmen is laughable at several levels, firstly who are these few individuals who think they speak for Europe, secondly the IPCC gravy-train relies on a continual process of on-going negotiation at various exotic locations.

    As Marc Moreno said on the BBC World Service, it is technology that will reduce emissions, the USA is the best in the world at technology, nobody needs the UN to advance technology.

  5. June 2, 2017 10:56 am

    Here’s the official White House version of the speech, including some pre-amble and a follow-up by Pruitt:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/01/statement-president-trump-paris-climate-accord

  6. A C Osborn permalink
    June 2, 2017 11:39 am

    His speech is brilliant and covers most points without getting into the “Science”, it is purely on common sense financial grounds.
    They cannot argue about “wealth distribution” because the UN has admitted to it themselves.

  7. Gerry, England permalink
    June 2, 2017 12:28 pm

    Brilliant. I think I am going to make sticker for next Thursday so I can vote for Donald Trump.

    The renegotiation is a superb piece of work. Here is a man who knows how to play it. He says he is open to a new deal but anyone with any knowledge will know that no such deal is possible but it means he can show willing.

    Don’t you just love that dig at Merkel & co for not paying up for Nato.

    • June 3, 2017 12:16 pm

      Merkel is not taking The Donald well. Truth over nuance does not go down smoothly. We loved it when he told them in Brussels to “pony-up” their NATO obligations. He put a lot of folks on notice that the American taxpayers were no longer the world’s piggy bank.

  8. Tony McKenna permalink
    June 2, 2017 12:47 pm

    That is the politics sorted. I am now waiting for the science fraud shoe to drop. Presumably Pruitt will be back soon to lead on that.
    I think an independent analysis of the temperature manipulation would be a good place to start

    • June 2, 2017 2:05 pm

      Yes indeed. And I can only hope that the USA will set up an independent enquiry on the Ethos and workings of the IPCC, giving voice to all those scientists who have suffered under its politically draconian regime.

  9. Michael Hurley permalink
    June 2, 2017 1:12 pm

    What a superb speech and I,as a British citizen,was enthralled and delighted.A pity that Theresa May doesn`t have the same verve.The whole climate global warming buiness is just that,a money splurging gift to the lying alarmists.The world has always warmed then cooled and warmed again.Many thousands of years past there was far more CO2 in the atmosphere than today and we need CO2 to survive.How do they think plant life grows or even humanity itself.We are all CO2.
    Well done President Trump

  10. Steve permalink
    June 2, 2017 1:13 pm

    I just wish a politician in the UK would have the balls to make the same speech for us.

  11. John Peter permalink
    June 2, 2017 2:41 pm

    I have also been making Tony McKenna’s point above. It is high time that POTUS instructs the head of United States Department of Commerce to set up an independent qualified commission to analyse
    1 US land temperatures – Anthony Watt’s study could form a basis.
    2 rWorld land temperatures
    3 ocean temperatures
    from the start of reasonably reliable records (original – RAW) and then combine these into a global temperature set where due attention is paid to the UHI effect. As I understand it, most increase in heat (if any) is in night temperatures created by increasing UHI. I would also like to see realistic assessments of uncertainty and probabilities.

    • Alan Davidson permalink
      June 3, 2017 3:45 pm

      The best starting point would be the very comprehensive analyses done by Tony Heller at http://www.realclimatescience.com. Tony Heller’s series of videos show in detail how NOAA and NASA have manipulated temperature records to produce exaggeratedly warming global temperature trends and increasing sea level. Demonstrating conclusively how the global temperature trend has been manipulated is the key to showing how “climate change” is not based on real temperatures, taking UHI effects into account.

      Even though it makes no sense that carbon dioxide emissions could be controlling the world’s climate and causing “dangerous warming”, it is difficult to conclusively convince all who have adopted this particular belief. Conclusively showing how the temperature record has been manipulated upwards would make the carbon dioxide debate irrelevant.

  12. Athelstan permalink
    June 2, 2017 3:38 pm

    Theresa May, Jezza, timmi, hogtied, punished, brainwashed by greenwash or happily on board and I tend to the latter.

    Whereas, America has a good un Godstrewth other than none, what is our ‘choice’?

    Either, Tweedle dum or Tweedle dee and the Westminster Muppets cheering us all on into economic and financial disaster courtesy, in the main through ‘their’ not our purblind devotion to the great green scam.

    Hmm, though funnily enough with insouciant lack of self awareness or, maleficent design……….?
    In the Fatherland, the Germans cheat like they always do, promising all things to all men, a green miracle but subsidizing their own heavy industries and building new LIGNITE powered electricity generation – as do the Japs who have commenced to build 54 new coal fired generationg stations. Yep, they pay lip service to a crackpot Paris accord and proceed to do the exact opposite of what was proposed [and not least the PRC].

    Back in planet lala land, meanwhile the green Stasi in Britain keep on enforcing an agenda which not only is it, financial illiteracy, it is strapping us to potless enfeeblement and yes – that’s the fekkin plan.

    Donald J. Trump, called their UN/EU bluff subtext underscoring, “we know precisely what you’re about!”………….. and as, Britain goes down the tubes, our political claque allied to the UK establishment wankerati congratulate themselves on #’saving the planet’! which is, virtue signalling gone off the edge of sanity.

    Britain, once the leading industrial nation on earth now slides ignominiously into, a stagnant backwater and ‘hurried along by a welfare state on amphetamines and open door immigration to arrive shortly in, third world sh*thole terminal.

  13. gallopingcamel permalink
    June 2, 2017 8:09 pm

    Trump said the Paris Accord might reduce global temperature by 0.2 degrees. Given how the temperature has flat lined for 20 years in spite of rising CO2 levels one should not take such estimates seriously. If you can’t explain the recent past why would anyone believe your predictions for 2100?

    The Paris Accord can be summarized as phantom gain for real pain. Let us hope pulling out of it is another nail in the coffin of “Stupid Government”.

  14. MartinW permalink
    June 6, 2017 1:33 pm

    I listened to, and watched, the whole of Trump’s speech with increasing pleasure and approval. It seems quite clear that he understands the issues, and is not merely transmitting what his advisors had advised. I also get the strong impression that his concern is for the people of America, especially those in lower income brackets who have lost-out in recent years.

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