I don’t care about the Paris Agreement one iota, I’ll be honest. However, I was curious what got the media so worked up. CNN published news articles and opinion articles. Here’s the main news article by Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta.
So, why is it bad that the US is withdrawing?
The decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto.
Oh well, they’re “expected to ratify” it and that’s all that matters, right?
Anyway, here’s President Trump’s reasoning from the article:
“The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President’s action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first,” the talking points read. “The accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama administration and signed out of desperation. It frontloads costs on the American people to the detriment of our economy.”
“The agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of the United States and ships them to foreign countries,” Trump said from the Rose Garden. “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”
There’s nothing else of interesting in the article, in my opinion. They cover it like a reality show including these gems:
Inside the West Wing, attempts to sway Trump’s thinking also continued apace. Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka, has worked to ensure her father heard pro-Paris voices over the last several months, and has continued to press for a decision short of a full withdrawal.
Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump’s chief economist Gary Cohn, have pressed Trump to alter the US commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord.
But anti-Paris voices, led by chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, appeared to win out. In conversations with his advisers, Trump has cited the affect a withdrawal would have on the states where he won by the largest margins, including in the Rust Belt and the western plains.
All of which are completely unsourced. Maybe they’re true. Maybe not. Who knows? Why report completely unsourced and unverifiable information?
Anyway, I’m still not sure why withdrawing was bad. I’ll move onto CNN’s opinion piece, next.